Palm Springs, CA, December 16, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Dr. Dennis J. Norheim DDS has always taken an aggressive and proactive posture when it comes to health, dentistry and prevention. Early in 2009, Dr. Dennis J. Norheim DDS notified patients that his practice would be taking measures to insure the highest standards for sterilization and prevention.
Additionally, Dr. Dennis J. Norheim DDS is recommending to the general public that the following preventive measures be considered during the winter flu season of 2010.
Dr. Dennis J. Norheim DDS suggests prevention & treatment:
Get Vaccinated. Vaccination is the best protection against contracting the flu. Dr. Dennis J. Norheim DDS suggests that you need two vaccines to be fully protected this year. The seasonal flu vaccine is different from the H1N1 (Swine) flu vaccine. Dr. Dennis J. Norheim DDS says that The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is encouraging people to get both vaccinations. Get both vaccinations as soon as possible.
Dr. Dennis J. Norheim DDS suggests that patients find a Flu Clinic near them and get vaccinated. The American Lung Association (ALA) has an online tool called the Flu Clinic Locator. Visit the ALA Flu Clinic Locator at http://www.lungusa.org/lung-disease/influenza/flu-clinic-locator/ to find flu shots in your area.
Dr. Dennis J. Norheim DDS also recommends that if an individual does contract the flu they should talk to their primary care doctor about antivirals. Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaler) that can be used for prevention or treatment of flu viruses. Dr. Dennis J. Norheim DDS says that if a patient gets sick, antiviral drugs can make the illness milder and make the patient feel better faster. Two types of antivirals, Oseltamivir (TAMIFLU(r)) and Zanamivir (RELENZA(r)) may be effective against the H1N1 (Swine) flu.
Dr. Dennis J. Norheim DDS recommends some everyday steps to protect your health:
1. Dr. Dennis J. Norheim DDS strongly suggests that you cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
2. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Dr. Dennis J. Norheim DDS says that alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
4. Dr. Dennis J. Norheim DDS says common sense is the best policy; try to avoid close contact with sick people.
5. Dr. Dennis J. Norheim DDS says that patients should cancel appointments and stay home if they are sick until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever (100°F or 37.8°C) or signs of a fever (without the use of a fever-reducing medicine, such as Tylenol(r)).
6. Dr. Dennis J. Norheim DDS says that patients should follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.
7. Dr. Dennis J. Norheim DDS realizes that these suggestions may seem very basic. Common sense should always rule the day.
These practical suggestions can serve as a reminder. For further information, Dr. Dennis J. Norheim DDS may be reached at 760-325-2579.