Health Alert WEB EXCLUSIVE: Flu Forecast

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WDTV) -- WEB EXCLUSIVE

Question: What should people consider when a sick day is necessary?

Answer: The workplace may act as a “point of spread,” where employees can easily spread flu to their fellow employees as well as to others in the community. An important way to reduce the spread of flu is to keep sick people away from those who are not sick.

You should stay home if you are sick until at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 37.8 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, has a flushed appearance, or is sweating). This should be determined without the need for fever-reducing medicines (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). You should stay home until at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever, even if you are using antiviral medicines.

If you suffer from chronic conditions as reviewed, be sure to develop a sick day plan with your medical provider, minimize delays in starting an antiviral, try to stock up on essential groceries to minimize going out and assure you have your necessary prescription medications on hand so that you do not run out.