Flu is circulating in Middle Tennessee and is widespread throughout the United States. Incidences of the flu will not peak for several weeks, and more than one strain of the virus is being seen, which means the flu vaccine does partially protect people and may help the illness be less severe. Belmont Health Services currently has some vaccine left for those wishing to receive a flu shot.
Flu symptoms include fever, sore throat and/or cough and headache, body aches and sometimes vomiting. These symptoms can last 5-7 days even if uncomplicated by a secondary bacterial infection. The flu is extremely contagious and spreads from person to person through coughing, sneezing and even touching desks, telephones, eating utensils, etc. that have been touched by someone with the flu.
- It is still not too late to get a flu vaccine. It will take up to 2 weeks to develop full immunity.
- Wash your hands frequently during the day with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- Routinely clean shared surfaces such as desks, telephones, etc.
If you should become ill, see your health provider. There are anti-viral medications available that can shorten the course of the flu.
For additional information, visit Belmont Health Services clinic (615-460-5506), which is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m.-noon. The clinic is located on the first floor of McWhorter Hall. The Health Services website also lists other local clinics with additional hours of operation.