How first responders stay healthy despite the flu epidemic

Raleigh County
First responders.jpg

BECKLEY W.Va. (WVNS) — With flu season here, first responders could be in danger of getting sick. 

Director of Operations at Jan Care, Paul Seamann, said they take several precautions to keep their workers from catching the flu.

He said one of the most important things is wearing a mask. “The mask if someone is actively coughing and things we try to get them to put on the surgical mask. If they can’t tolerate it because of breathing, then we’ll put on the mask,” Seamann said.

Seamann also added they encourage all paramedics to get a flu shot. “Whether it’s 100 percent effective or not, we always tell them you’re never worse off. By getting the flu shot you’re always more protected than you would have been otherwise,” Seamann said.

 Justin Gunnoe is a paramedic at Jan Care and said with sickness spreading this time of year, he constantly washes his hands and disinfects equipment. “Normally when I come back to the station or even at the hospital I’ll be washing my hands after patient contact. After every call we’re cleaning the cot, we’re cleaning the ambulance, anything we can do to help the spread of it,” Gunnoe said.

Gunnoe added paramedics have seen at least five cases of the flu every week.

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Top Stories

Hospice VA Care Conference

Thumbnail for the video titled "Hospice VA Care Conference"

Dog Training Associate's Degree, first of its kind in WV

Thumbnail for the video titled "Dog Training Associate's Degree, first of its kind in WV"

GeoBee held in Tazewell County

Thumbnail for the video titled "GeoBee held in Tazewell County"

Ceremony unveils new exhibits at John Henry Historical Park

Thumbnail for the video titled "Ceremony unveils new exhibits at John Henry Historical Park"

Princeton demolition project will bring new farmers' market

Thumbnail for the video titled "Princeton demolition project will bring new farmers' market"

How you can donate to annual Turkey Drive

Thumbnail for the video titled "How you can donate to annual Turkey Drive"

Trending Stories