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Schools, Hospitals, even Churches are Working to Prevent Flu Spreading

Lee Health reported 475 cases of positive influenza test results for the week of January 15th, 2018.

This as local schools, hospitals, and even churches are doing what they can to try and prevent the spread of the flu from getting worse in Southwest Florida.

The Diocese of Venice in Florida sent every one of its parishes a letter from Bishop Frank J. Dewane.

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Schools, hospitals, and now even churches are doing what they can to try and prevent the spread of the flu from getting worse in Southwest Florida.

The Diocese of Venice in Florida sent every one of its parishes a letter from Bishop Frank J. Dewane.

It states, “The faithful should be encouraged to share the Sign of Peace without touching hands.”

It encourages people to use meaningful eye contact and smiles instead.

It also states, “Priests, deacons, and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion should be especially reminded of the need to practice good hygiene.”

The same is taking place at our local schools, like Villas Elementary. The nurse there said they’re putting heavy emphasis on the students practicing good hygiene.

To add to that, the principal at Fort Myers Christian School put out an email asking parents to be sure to keep kids home if they’re sick.

Meanwhile, Lee Health put a restriction on visitation of children ages twelve and younger at all units across the board.

As the flu outbreak intensifies, it’s important to note the difference between the flu and cold and how to spot it.

“While the flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses, they are caused by two completely different viruses. The two also have common symptoms, but, in general, the flu is worse, and the symptoms are more intense,” said Mary Beth Saunders, D.O., the Lee Health system medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, flu symptoms include feeling feverish or fever, chills, chest congestion, headache, fatigue, severe muscle aches, and cough.

Cold symptoms include a sore throat, runny nose, and congestion.

Saunders added, “The flu usually comes on suddenly and the symptoms tend to be much more intense with body aches and possibly fever.”

She said to contact your family physician for further direction or visit one of Lee Health’s Convenient Care offices, or walk-in or urgent care center.

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