There is a lot of fear about infectious viruses like Enterovirus D68 and Ebola, and we understand why. We want to provide you with information on what these viruses are so you can take steps to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy. *Information taken from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
There are a few ways that you can protect you and your family from the flu and Enterovirus D68. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth and food with unwashed hands and avoid direct contact with a severely ill person. If you or your child feels ill, do not go to school or work—go see the doctor right away. To prevent further spread, regularly clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched by someone who is sick. Make sure to get a flu shot! This will not protect you from Enterovirus D68, but it will protect you from the flu.
While Ebola is a very scary and serious disease, it is important to remember that it is only spread through direct contact with a person who has symptoms. Here at the Health Center, we have a plan in place if we do have a patient who has symptoms of the Ebola virus. We will do everything we can to protect our patients and our community.
The Health Center and other medical facilities are here to support you and make sure you and your loved ones stay healthy throughout the season.
Written by Dr. Loretta Au, MD, MPH.
Dr. Loretta Au is the Chief of Pediatrics at the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center. She received her medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine and completed her residency training at New York University Medical Center. Dr. Au is certified through the American Board of Pediatrics.