LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – This flu season is so bad chances are you or someone you know probably already has the virus.
If you come in contact with this person, there’s a very high chance you might get it yourself. The bad news is, it is also showing no signs of slowing down.
"We've got three varieties out there. We may go on until late March,” said Physician Jay Holland with Hillcrest Family Clinic.
Flu strands are so contagious because they are airborne.
"A normal cough or sneeze is going to contaminate at least 6 to 10 feet from that person. It's contagious on contact,” Holland said.
So, how do you prevent the flu when you've been in contact with someone who has it?
"If we start early enough, Tamiflu is appropriate,” Holland said.
He said he prescribes the drug to family members who aren’t sick but have been exposed.
"We treat the whole family because that's the only way to prevent this from spreading is to just treat everybody,” Holland said. "For prevention we use it once a day and for treatment we use it twice a day."
Dr. Holland has actually asked patients with flu symptoms to stay home and instead has started treating them over the phone.
"We don't let them come in and contract and give this to our patients,” he said.
Holland said it is important to keep a sick family member away from everyone else. Wiping down surfaces and washing hands should also become routine.
"The hallmark of good medicine starts with good hand washing,” he said.
Lastly, his biggest advice is to call in sick and to get lots of rest.
"If you're in an office where you're in close contact with people and you go in, you're pretty much just going to wipe out your coworkers for an entire week. So it's just not a good idea,” Holland said.
Holland said it is not too late to get your flu shot, especially if you were recently exposed to the virus. He said the shot prevents the virus from spreading so rapidly.
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