How first responders stay healthy despite the flu epidemic

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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.

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