Keep your germs to yourself

Interior Health is reminding people to stay home if they have colds or the flu and avoid emergency rooms unless symptoms are severe.

Most colds and flus can be treated at home or by visiting your doctor or a walk-in clinic. But go to the emergency department if you have problems breathing

Most colds and flus can be treated at home or by visiting your doctor or a walk-in clinic. But go to the emergency department if you have problems breathing

If you’ve got it, don’t spread it.

That’s the message from Interior Health as the season of sniffles, sneezes, and other ailments seem to be lurking around every corner.

In most healthy people, influenza symptoms such as headache, fever, coughing and sneezing and sore throat can last five to seven days.

These symptoms are best treated at home by resting, drinking lots of fluids, and taking medicine to lower a fever.

Anyone suffering from influenza symptoms should minimize contact with others by staying home from work, school and holiday gatherings to reduce the risk of spreading infection to others.

It’s also important to remember general prevention measures such as frequent and proper hand washing, covering noses and mouths when coughing or sneezing, cleaning frequently touched surfaces, and properly disposing of tissues.

Influenza can be particularly severe for some  older adults, people with chronic health conditions, and babies.

If your symptoms are getting worse or you are not recovering, call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 for medical advice. This free service will connect you with a health-care professional who can provide advice.

If you wish a personal consultation, call your doctor or  visit a walk-in clinic.

Try to avoid going to the emergency department unless symptoms become severe;

for example, go to hospital if you have problems breathing, pain in your chest or a high fever that does not get better after three to four days.