Bayhealth recently announced a reminder to the community of the importance of taking safeguards to protect themselves from contracting the flu.

A flu season typically begins in October and ends in May with a normal peak season of February. Bayhealth Occupational Health Medical Director Parvathi Somasundaram said it’s important to get the flu shot.

When it comes to the flu, there are four types of viruses — A, B, C and D — with influenza A and B the cause of seasonal epidemics in the winter. Within influenza A and B, there are different strands of the flu. This year, the most reported cases in Kent and Sussex counties are influenza A, no subtype, and influenza B, no lineage.

The flu virus spreads from person to person through droplets from when someone coughs, sneezes or talks. A person can spread the flu from day one before symptoms develop and up to a week after becoming sick.

“The Emergency Department has seen a large number of patients come in with the flu, and we’re doing everything we can to help them. There are things community members can do at home to prevent the flu,” said Somasundaram.

Tips to prevent the flu: avoid close contact with people who are ill; stay home if sick; cover mouth when coughing or sneezing; wash hands constantly with soap and water; avoid touching face, especially eyes, nose and mouth; and practice other good health habits including disinfecting surfaces, getting plenty of sleep, being physically active and managing stress.

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