Central Office:   505 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield, CT 06109  Phone (860) 721-2822  Fax (860) 721-2823

Berlin:                240 Kensington Road, Berlin, CT  06037  Phone (860) 828-7017  Fax (860) 828-9248

Newington:        131 Cedar Street, Newington, CT  06111  Phone (860) 665-8586  Fax (860) 665-8533

Rocky Hill:          761 Old Main Street, Rocky Hill, CT  06067  Phone (860) 258-2770  Fax (860) 258-2767

________________________________   www.ccthd.org   ____________________________________

Date:  December 22, 2016

To:  Local Media

From:  Ann Hartman, MPH, Assistant Director – Community Health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

First Cases of Flu Hit Health District 

Just in time for the holidays, the Central Connecticut Health District has received notification of the first confirmed cases of flu in the District (2 in Wethersfield and 1 in Newington). As of December 17, 2016, the Department of Public Health has reported 174 flu cases statewide so far this flu season. The flu season is usually considered to be October – May.  However, official tracking of flu cases begins in late August of one year and goes through August of the following year. 

The most effective way of preventing the flu is to get a flu shot; it is not too late to get one. What else can you do to prevent the flu? Basic hygiene will help you stay healthy. As you gather with friends and family, take the following simple steps to help protect yourself and others. Even better, practice them year ‘round!   

Wash your hands.  Proper handwashing is like a “do-it-yourself” vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Handwashing done the right way can prevent illness and the spread of infection.

            ● Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.

            ● Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers,                   and under your nails.

            ● Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Hint: Sing the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end TWICE.

            ● Rinse your hands well under clean, running water, and dry them using a clean towel. If possible, use a towel or your elbow                   to turn off the faucet.

When should you wash your hands?

● Before eating, during and after food preparation.

● Before and after taking care of someone who is sick or treating a wound.

            ● After using the toilet – every time.  Also, after changing diapers, or helping a child who has used the toilet. (Assist the child                   to wash his/her hands as well.)

            ● After coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. 

             ● After touching an animal, animal waste or animal feed or touching garbage.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Stay home when you are sick. Learn school guidelines on keeping sick children home too.

Completely cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue.  If you don’t have a tissue use your upper sleeve or the crux of your elbow.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.  Germs are often spread when you touch something that is contaminated and then touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food, to help your body operate at its optimal level.  Happy, healthy holidays from CCHD!