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Beat the flu and stay healthy this winter

| December 18, 2012

COSHOCTON – Flu season is upon us, but there are ways to prevent it and even keep it from spreading when someone in your family is battling the illness.

According to Katherine Clark, public health nurse at the Coshocton City Health Department, one of the most important tips she can give people is to wash your hands.

“You also need to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze,” she said. “You also should try to avoid crowded areas and try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth because that is how the virus gets in.”

Clark also said if you have a fever you need to stay home.

“Stay hydrated and take basic comfort measures,” she said. “If you have chills, keep yourself warm, but not too warm because you don’t want to get overheated.”

Clark also wanted to remind people that a trip to the doctor isn’t always necessary when you have the flu.

“You can go, but there is really no medicine for the flu,” she said. “You can take something to relieve your pain or a decongestant, but if your temperature goes above 102 degrees you will want to go to the doctor or the emergency room.”

When the flu does hit your home be sure to have plenty of Lysol around to help prevent it from spreading to the next family member.

“You can use the wipes to wipe down things that everyone touches like the phone and drawer knobs and the spray to try and help kill the virus in the air.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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