How To Prevent Enterovirus D68

origin_5950870440There has been a lot of talk in the news about a non-polio enterovirus affecting children and teens. This respiratory virus is more serious than the common cold and could lead to hospitalization. While there isn’t a vaccine for enterovirus D68, we thought we would share some helpful information with you to prevent the disease and what to do should someone in your family become infected.

Prevention

According to the CDC, preventing enterovirus D68 is a lot like preventing the common cold. Follow these steps to stay healthy:

  • Avoid contact with someone who is infected
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Don’t touch your face with unwashed hands
  • Regularly clean and disinfect commonly touched areas
  • Stay home when you’re sick

Asthma

Enterovirus D68 is most dangerous when someone with a chronic respiratory condition, like asthma, becomes infected. Here are some tips for people with asthma:

  • Discuss an action plan with your primary care provider
  • Take asthma medications as directed
  • Keep your inhaler handy
  • Inform teachers and caregivers of the action plan and what to do should asthma symptoms appear and become severe

Fall and winter are the time when respiratory viruses strike. Follow the above precautions to avoid getting sick all year long. Also, since flu season is upon us, now is a good time to get your flu shot.

International Travel Care is a travel clinic located in Minnetonka, MN. We provide flu shots at our location or, for the convenience of our patients, we can also set up a mobile clinic in your place of business. Contact us today to schedule a flu clinic in your office!

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