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  • Achoo

    Cold & Flu Season - Snot fun.

    Are you ready for the sniffles, fevers, coughs and aches of the season?

    Time to review the basics again.

    Cough? Cold? Flu? Infection? Pandemic?

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    Flu Fighters

    The CDC says:

    You can help reduce your risk of getting a cold:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water
      Wash them for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Viruses that cause colds can live on your hands, and regular handwashing can help protect you from getting sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
      Viruses that cause colds can enter your body this way and make you sick.
    • Stay away from people who are sick
      Sick people can spread viruses that cause the common cold through close contact with others.
    Help reduce your risk of getting a cold by washing hands often with soap and water.

    If you have a cold, you should follow these tips to prevent spreading it to other people:

    • Stay at home while you are sick
    • Avoid close contact with others, such as hugging, kissing, or shaking hands
    • Move away from people before coughing or sneezing
    • Cough and sneeze into a tissue then throw it away, or cough and sneeze into your upper shirt sleeve, completely covering your mouth and nose
    • Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose
    • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and objects such as toys and doorknobs

    There is no vaccine to protect you against the common cold.

    How to Feel Better

    cough-coldThere is no cure for a cold. To feel better, you should get lots of rest and drink plenty of fluids. Over-the-counter medicines may help ease symptoms but will not make your cold go away any faster. Always read the label and use medications as directed. Talk to your doctor before giving your child nonprescription cold medicines, since some medicines contain ingredients that are not recommended for children. Learn more about symptom relief.

    Antibiotics will not help you recover from a cold. They do not work against viruses, and they may make it harder for your body to fight future bacterial infections if you take them unnecessarily. Learn more about when antibiotics work.

    When to See a Doctor

    You should call your doctor if you or your child has one or more of these conditions:

    • a temperature higher than 100.4° F
    • symptoms that last more than 10 days
    • symptoms that are severe or unusual

    If your child is younger than 3 months of age and has a fever, you should always call your doctor right away. Your doctor can determine if you or your child has a cold and can recommend therapy to help with symptoms.

  • Frostbite

    People who aren't dressed properly for extremely cold temperatures or who have reduced blood circulation are especially at risk for frostbite. Sound like common sense? It is, but people often overlook the simplest ways to stay safe and healthy... Avoid Cold Stress and Cold Related Injuries - Learn how to recognize frostbite and what to do about it:

    • Frostbite is an injury to the body that is caused by freezing.
    • Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes.
    • Seek medical care if you think you have frostbite.

    Ice-FloodFrostbite is an injury to the body that is caused by freezing. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in affected areas. It most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes. Frostbite can permanently damage the body, and severe cases can lead to amputation. The risk of frostbite is increased in people with reduced blood circulation and among people who are not dressed properly for extremely cold temperatures.

    Recognizing Frostbite

    At the first signs of redness or pain in any skin area, get out of the cold or protect any exposed skin—frostbite may be beginning. Any of the following signs may indicate frostbite:

    • a white or grayish-yellow skin area
    • skin that feels unusually firm or waxy
    • numbness

    A victim is often unaware of frostbite until someone else points it out because the frozen tissues are numb.

    What to Do

    If you detect symptoms of frostbite, seek medical care. Because frostbite and hypothermia both result from exposure, first determine whether the victim also shows signs of hypothermia, as described previously. Hypothermia is a more serious medical condition and requires emergency medical assistance.

    If (1) there is frostbite but no sign of hypothermia and (2) immediate medical care is not available, proceed as follows:

    • Get into a warm room as soon as possible.
    • Unless absolutely necessary, do not walk on frostbitten feet or toes—this increases the damage.
    • Immerse the affected area in warm—not hot—water (the temperature should be comfortable to the touch for unaffected parts of the body).
    • Or, warm the affected area using body heat. For example, the heat of an armpit can be used to warm frostbitten fingers.
    • Do not rub the frostbitten area with snow or massage it at all. This can cause more damage.
    • Don’t use a heating pad, heat lamp, or the heat of a stove, fireplace, or radiator for warming. Affected areas are numb and can be easily burned.

    These procedures are not substitutes for proper medical care. Hypothermia is a medical emergency and frostbite should be evaluated by a health care provider. It is a good idea to take a first aid and emergency resuscitation (CPR) course to prepare for cold-weather health problems. Knowing what to do is an important part of protecting your health and the health of others.

    Taking preventive action is your best defense against having to deal with extreme cold-weather conditions. By preparing your home and car in advance for winter emergencies, and by observing safety precautions during times of extremely cold weather, you can reduce the risk of weather-related health problems. Read about Hypothermia.

  • Tip of the Week: How to Avoid Frostbite

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    Avoid Frostbite - People who aren't dressed properly for extremely cold temperatures or who have reduced blood circulation are especially at risk for frostbite.  Learn how to recognize frostbite and what to do about it. Learn more about frostbite >>

  • Extreme Cold: Free Prevention Guide to Help Promote Your Personal Health and Safety from the CDC

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    As we delve into the depths of Winter, We want to remind you each to take a moment to remind yourself and others  to prepare for Winter temperatures, whether you are working in a Winter Wonderlandtraveling this Winter, or just need a refresher on Winter Safety.

    The Extreme Cold Prevention Guide combines all of the key content of the CDC Winter Weather website into one downloadable, printable file. Printing this PDF file ensures that you will have important winter weather health and safety information available even when you're without power or Internet service.

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  • Cold Enough to Catch a Cold

    cough-coldHere we are, deep into Cold & Flu Season, and thus far everyone has seemed to do a pretty good job of avoiding any serious ailments. Now BAM! The temperatures drop and it's wet outside.

    Are you ready to stay well?

    Here are some great articles about avoiding, treating, and minimizing the spread of Wintertime Colds, Coughs, and Flu:

    ... Cough? Cold? Flu? Infection? Pandemic?

    ... Cough, Cold, Runny Nose

    ... Flu Time

    ... Flu Fighters

    ... Spotting the Cold or Flu

    ... Foods that help Fight the Flu

    ... The Flu and YOU!

  • Did you know hypothermia can start at 50?F?

    As the snow starts falling and the temperatures drop, it's important to keep cold stress prevention top-of-mind for workers.

    Did you know that hypothermia can occur at temperatures of 50°F and below?

    Did you know that alcohol, coffee, tea and tobacco all cause heat loss? Or that mittens warm more effectively than gloves?

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  • Cold Stress

    Workers who are exposed to extreme cold or work in cold environments may be at risk of cold stress.

    Had And Body WarmersExtreme cold weather is a dangerous situation that can bring on health emergencies in susceptible people, such as those without shelter, outdoor workers, and those who work in an area that is poorly insulated or without heat. What constitutes cold stress and its effects can vary across different areas of the country. In regions relatively unaccustomed to winter weather, near freezing temperatures are considered factors for "cold stress." Whenever temperatures drop decidedly below normal and as wind speed increases, heat can more rapidly leave your body. These weather-related conditions may lead to serious health problems.

    Cold Water Immersion

    Cold water immersion creates a specific condition known as immersion hypothermia. It develops much more quickly than standard hypothermia because water conducts heat away from the body 25 times faster than air. Typically people in temperate climates don’t consider themselves at risk from hypothermia in the water, but hypothermia can occur in any water temperature below 70°F. Survival times can be lengthened by wearing proper clothing (wool and synthetics and not cotton), using a personal flotation device (PFD, life vest, immersion suit, dry suit), and having a means of both signaling rescuers (strobe lights, personal locator beacon, whistles, flares, waterproof radio) and having a means of being retrieved from the water. Below you will find links with information about cold water survival and cold water rescue.

    Frostbite

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    Frostbite is an injury to the body that is caused by freezing. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in the affected areas. It most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes. Frostbite can permanently damage body tissues, and severe cases can lead to amputation. In extremely cold temperatures, the risk of frostbite is increased in workers with reduced blood circulation and among workers who are not dressed properly.

    Symptoms

    Symptoms of frostbite include:

    • Reduced blood flow to hands and feet (fingers or toes can freeze)
    • Numbness
    • Tingling or stinging
    • Aching
    • Bluish or pail, waxy skin

    First Aid

    Workers suffering from frostbite should:

    • Get into a warm room as soon as possible.
    • Unless absolutely necessary, do not walk on frostbitten feet or toes-this increases the damage.
    • Immerse the affected area in warm-not hot-water (the temperature should be comfortable to the touch for unaffected parts of the body).
    • Warm the affected area using body heat; for example, the heat of an armpit can be used to warm frostbitten fingers.
    • Do not rub or massage the frostbitten area; doing so may cause more damage.
    • Do not use a heating pad, heat lamp, or the heat of a stove, fireplace, or radiator for warming. Affected areas are numb and can be easily burned.
  • Brrrrrr.....

    New Hampshire was below zero this morning... it's going to be a COLD Winter!

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    Stay Warm and Safe!

    Please consider the following messaging as we continue to help keep our community safe:

    Had And Body WarmersCheck your smoke detectors. Are they working? Change your battery and make sure you have one per floor. If it activates, don't ignore it. Never remove the battery. Evacuate and call 911. Do you have a carbon monoxide detector? These items can be purchased at any hardware store relatively inexpensively and in a combination unit.

    Be prepared for Blackouts and other Winter Emergencies. Talk to your family members and create a family evacuation plan today. Know two ways out of every room and have a meeting place outside the residence where everyone knows to go.

    If you smell something odd in your home such as possible fire or gas…don't wait to evacuate. Get out and call 911. Allow the fire department to investigate. Your family's safety is important to us.

    Winter means many house fires - When firefighters arrive on scene and begin to lay hose lines, please change your direction of travel and leave the area. Drivers please be considerate and do not drive over hose lines. By doing so you are putting firefighter's lives at even further risk by potentially cutting off their water supply to attack the fire.

    Practice Generator safety, and never use portable heaters inside that aren't rated for indoor use.

    When was the last time you had your dryer, furnace, fireplace or water heater checked? Make an appointment today. Keep those items serviced and in the event of something malfunctioning, evacuate and call 911. Again….Never ever use appliances such as a stove to heat your home. This is not safe and is dangerous and deadly. If you choose to use a space heater, follow the manufacturer's instructions and keep a 3 foot perimeter away from combustibles such as clothing, furniture and curtains. Do not use candles to heat your home and never leave them unattended. Don't burn things in your fireplace that aren't intended to be burned indoors.

    Never leave food unattended while cooking. Grease on the stove can rapidly catch fire and get out of control. Always heat grease slowly and keep a method of extinguishment nearby such as a lid or fire extinguisher.

    If you suspect that your child has been using combustible items such as cigarettes, please address it before it becomes deadly. Most Local Fire Departments have juvenile fire setters program that can help you explain the dangers of smoking as it pertains to a child.

  • Cough? Cold? Flu? Infection? Pandemic?

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  • Cough, Cold, Runny Nose

    The Dark Side of Autumn. While turning leaves and a cool breeze are lovely, Snot is Not.  A common head or chest cold most often includes a runny nose, sore throat, sneezing, and of course coughing. These symptoms can last for up to 2 weeks.

    Did you know that while rhinovirus is the most common type of virus, there are actually over 200 viruses that can cause colds?

    Preventing the Common Cold

    • Practice good hand hygiene - wash regularly with antibacterial soap, carry hand wipes or hand sanitizer and use them!
    • Avoid contact with people who have colds or other upper respiratory infections
    • If you catch cold - stay home if possible, otherwise always cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing to avoid spreading the infection - and clean your phones, keyboards, mouse, and work areas at school or work whenever you sit down or leave.

    Signs and Symptoms of the Common Cold

    What are you doing to prepare for Flu, Cold and Cough Season this year? We've talked a lot about Influenza (always a popular subject with our readers) but the common cold is a seasonal dilemma that few dive into deeply enough... it's not just a nuisance, it can lead to loss of work, more dangerous illnesses, and complications from misuse of medications and treatments.

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    Ever wonder what the Snot Color Means?
    (OK, "Mucus" is a nicer term) At, first, when the germs that cause colds infect the nose and sinuses, the nose makes clear mucus. This is the body's natural protective action and acts to help wash the germs from the nose and sinuses. After 2-3 days, the body's immune cells fight back, changing the mucus to a white or yellow color. As the bacteria that live in the nose grow back, they may also be found in the mucus, which changes the mucus to a greenish color. This is normal and does not mean you or your child needs antibiotics.

    How to Feel Better...

    Rest, over-the-counter medicines and other self-care methods may help you or your child feel better. Remember, always use over-the-counter products as directed.  Many over-the-counter products are not recommended for children younger than certain ages.

    Cough and cold medications that contain nasal decongestants, antihistamines, cough suppressants, and expectorants commonly are used alone or in combination in attempts to temporarily relieve symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection in children aged <2 years.

    According to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System--Cooperative Adverse Drug Events Surveillance project, which is jointly operated by CDC, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission: During 2004--2005 alone, an estimated 1,519 children aged <2 years were treated in U.S. emergency departments for adverse events, including overdoses, associated with cough and cold medications.

    Tips for Safety at Home with Over-the-Counter Cold Remedies:

    Do

    • Throw away old cold and cough medicines labeled for children less than age 4.
    • Read the label carefully to see what ingredients are in any medicine you give your child.

    Don't

    • Don't leave any medicines where your child might be able to reach them.
    • Don't tell children that medicine is candy.
    • Don't take adult medicines in front of your child.
    • Don't give children younger than age 4 any medicines intended for older children.
    • Don't give your child two medicines that contain the same ingredients.

    For tips on safely managing coughs and colds, talk to your child's doctor or your pharmacist.

    Antibiotics are Needed When…

    Antibiotics are needed only if your healthcare provider tells you that you or your child has a bacterial infection. Your healthcare provider may prescribe other medicine or give tips to help with a cold's symptoms, but antibiotics are not needed to treat a cold or runny nose.

    Antibiotics Will Not Help if…

    Since the common cold is caused by a virus, antibiotics will not help it get better.  A runny nose or cold almost always gets better on its own, so it is better to wait and take antibiotics only when they are needed. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed can be harmful, and may lead to unwanted side effects like diarrhea, rashes, nausea, and stomach pain. More severe side effects may rarely occur, including life-threatening allergic reactions, kidney toxicity, and severe skin reactions.

    Each time you or your child takes an antibiotic, the bacteria that normally live in your body (on the skin, in the intestine, in the mouth and nose, etc.) are more likely to become resistant to antibiotics. Common antibiotics cannot kill infections caused by these resistant germs.

    See a Healthcare Provider if You or Your Child has:

    • Temperature higher than 100.4° F
    • Symptoms that last more than 10 days
    • Symptoms that are not relieved by over-the-counter medicines

    Your healthcare provider can determine if you or your child has a cold and can recommend symptomatic therapy. If your child is younger than three months of age and has a fever, it’s important to always call your healthcare provider right away.

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    Follow the steps above to:

    1. Avoid the Common Cold
    2. Contain your Illness to avoid infecting others if you fall sick
    3. Treat the symptoms to recover
    4. Be responsible and careful with children, medications, and illness
    5. Know when self-treatment is not enough and it's time to sesk professional help

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