Assistant Professor Graham Danyleyko, PA-C, was an in-studio guest on Good Morning San Diego to share tips on preventing the flu as we approach the height of the flu season. Graham is a Physician Assistant (PA) who specializes in family medicine and urgent care. He has been a practicing PA for 17 years and also serves as the Program Director for the new physician assistant program, planned to launch at the San Marcos campus this Fall.
Tips to avoid getting the flu
- First and foremost, get a flu shot. Currently active for this flu season which is H1N1 and H3N2. The vaccine(s) that are out there cover these types of flu of which there are some that have protection for 3 or 4 types of viruses.
- Wash your hands with soap and water often or use hand sanitizer – especially if you have been out and about among a lot of people in public.
- If somebody in your household is sick, frequently clean and sanitize common areas such as the bathroom, doorknobs, the TV remote, the refrigerator door handle, etc.
- Avoid contact with sick people. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth if you have been in contact with somebody else who has symptoms
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue if you sneeze or cough – it can prevent spreading illness to others.
- Get plenty of sleep, drink plenty of water and practice good nutrition.
- If you are sick with flu symptoms, stay home. The CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine
Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people, especially children, may have vomiting and diarrhea. People may also be infected with flu and have respiratory symptoms without a fever. See your health care provider for care and treatment (antivirals).