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Practice Healthy Habits to Avoid Illness This Holiday Season

Southeastern Michigan Health Association

200. Fisher Building
3011 West Grand Boulevard
Detroit, Michigan 4820273068
(313) 87-6500
FAX: (313). 8736504 Gary J. Petroni
Executive Director

November 19, 2018, Detroit, Ml – Southeast Michigan Health Association (SEMHA) and public health partners throughout southeast Michigan encourage residents to practice healthy habits to protect themselves and others against colds and flu. Flu activity increases during the holidays, as people are gathering and spending time together in close contact. Therefore, it’s important to take steps that decrease the risk of illness.

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Practice these healthy habits to protect yourself and others against colds and flu:

Get your flu shot. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every year. Flu vaccine can reduce flu related illnesses and the risk of serious flu complications.

Wash hands often. Proper hand washing prevents germs from spreading. Wash hands after using the restroom, changing a diaper, sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose, and before eating and/or preparing food. Wet hands and apply soap. Rub hands for at least 20 seconds (singing the “Happy Birthday” song twice is a good way to ensure that you spend enough time), scrubbing all surfaces, before rinsing and drying hands.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Flu and cold germs can spread by kissing, hugging, shaking hands, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated and then touches their eyes, nose or mouth.

Clean and disinfect surfaces. Germs can live on surfaces for hours and sometimes days. Clean surfaces often with soap and water, and disinfect areas like kitchens and bathrooms regularly – especially if someone in the house is ill. Look for an EPA registered disinfectant, or use unscented household bleach (1 tbsp. of bleach to 1 gallon of cool water). Let surfaces air dry after applying disinfectant.

Stay home when sick, to rest and recover more quickly and prevent germs from spreading to others.

Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue. The air that comes out of your mouth when you
cough or sneeze may contain germs. Always throw away the tissue and wash your hands afterwards.

Flu shots are available through health providers, many pharmacies and local health departments:

Detroit Health Department
313-876-4000

https://detroitmi.ov/departments/detroit-health-department/proqrams-and-services/immunizations Social Media @DetHealth
Media contact: Tamekia Ashford, 313-400-7107 or AshfordTacdetroitmi.gov

Livingston County Health Department
517-546-9850
https://www.livqov.com/health/ph/Pages/flu.aspx
Social Media www.facebook.com/ LCDPH
Media contact: Dianne McCormick, 517-546-9850 or DMcCormicklivgov.com

Macomb County Health Department
586-469-5372 (Mount Clemens); 586-465-8537 (Warren)
http://health.macombqov.orq/Health-Procrams-FamilyHealthServices-lmmunizaionClnic SeasonalFluinformation
Social Media @PublicHealthMacomb
Media contact: William Ridella, 586-469-5510 or bill.ridella(ämacombQov.orc

Monroe County Health Department
734-240-7800
https://www.co.monroe.mi.us/officials and departments/departments/health department/flu clinic.ph Media Contact; Kim Comerzan, 734-240-7804 or kim comerzanmonroemi.orq
Oakland County Health Division, 248-848-5533 (Nurse on Call)
https://www.oakqov.com/health/services/Pages/Immunizations.aspx Social Media @publichealthOC
Media contact: Dr. Russell Faust, 248-858-1276 or healthoakpov. corn

St. Clair County Health Department 810-987-5300
http://www.stclaircounty.org/Offjces/health/Flu Clinic.aspx www.beattheflu.org
Social Media @scchdmi
Media contact: Jennifer Michaluk, (810) 987-5300 or jmichalukstclaircounty.org

Washtenaw County Health Department
734-544-6700
www.washtenaw.org/flu
Social Media @wcpublichealth
Media contact: Susan Ringler Cerniglia, 734-544-6759 or rinqlerswashtenaw.orq

Wayne County Health Department
734-727-7101
https://www.waynecounty.corn/departrnents/hvcw/wellness-services.aspx
Media contact: Carol Austerberry, 313-727-7045 or causterbwaynecounty. corn

About Southeastern Michigan Health Association (SEMHA)

SEMHA’s mission is to provide value based contract management services to state and local health agencies, private foundations and other agencies serving the residents of Michigan. SEMHA has also been involved in supporting local community health assessments, the purchase and renovation of health facilities, providing training seminars, sponsoring graduate internships, and a variety of other planning and program activities supporting community health.

 



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