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Fight the Flu with Help from Our Experts

Thursday, Jan 15, 2015

Flu activity is widespread in Pennsylvania and cases are on the rise. Watch the latest episode of Health Matters with Doylestown Hospital on CBTV to learn tips from our experts on how to fight flu and colds.

Flu season is in full swing across the United States and in Pennsylvania. Health officials say activity is widespread in the state, meaning cases of influenza, or the flu, have been confirmed in at least half the regions of the state.

Infection Preventionist specialist Krista Doline reminds viewers that the flu vaccine is the best protection against getting the flu. That's true even now, when officials say this season's flu strains have mutated or changed. The flu vaccine still offers protection and can lessen symptoms if the flu is contracted.

Krista also debunks some flu vaccine myths, confirming that you cannot get the flu from the vaccine.

Jared Herzog, Doylestown Hospital's Community Wellness Coordinator, provides a primer on hand washing and the importance of clean hands at home, school and work. Jared presents special programs for local elementary school students about hand hygiene. He reminds them to pay attention to the "T-Zone" and not to touch their eyes, nose and mouth with dirty hands.

Finally, learn the top five ways to prevent flu and colds for you and your family.

If your child becomes sick, watch the first episode of Health Matters for tips from Doylestown Hospital physicians (a pediatrician and emergency medicine specialist) and the school district's nursing coordinator about caring for your little one, and when to keep a child home from school.

Watch Video: "Health Matters" Takes on Fighting the Flu

In Bucks County, 369 cases of flu were reported by the Department of Health as of Dec. 27.

Health Matters with Doylestown Hospital is a joint project between Doylestown Hospital and the Central Bucks School District. Under the direction of the district's professional video specialist, high school students film, edit and work on the production of each episode. Subject experts from Doylestown Hospital and CB Schools provide information about health and wellness topics important to families and individuals of all ages. Learn more about CBTV.

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