SEASONAL INFLUENZA FACTS
We are reminded by the CDC that each year5-20% of the US population is infected with seasonal influenza and approximately 36,000 people die while over 200,000 people are hospitalized due to flu complications. We have received a number of requests to provide information via our web site for upcoming flu clinics. . For more comprehensive information regarding Influenza, please go to the CDC Influenza web site
SYMPTOMS OF FLU may include:
- Fever(usually high) Runny/stuffy nose
- Headache Muscle aches
- Fatigue Stomach symptoms, such
- Dry cough nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- Sore throat
HOW FLU SPREADS
Flu viruses spread in respiratory droplets caused by coughing and sneezing. They usually spread from person to person but sometimes people become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose. Flu can be passed 1 day before and up to five days after becoming sick. That means you can pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick as well as while you are sick.
PREVENTING THE FLU GET VACCINATED!!!!!
The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccination each fall. There are two types of vaccines: The “flu shot” is given with a needle and is approved for use in people older than 6 months, this includes healthy people and people with chronic medical conditions. The nasal spray flu vaccine, is approved for use in healthy people 5 years to 49 years of age who are not pregnant.
Nationwide, seasonal flu cases are spiking at higher levels than previous years.
Wayne County public health is urging all residents to get their flu shot. The flu vaccine is your best defense against seasonal flu.
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine. While we can’t say for certain how severe this season will be, we can say that a lot of people are getting sick with seasonal flu.
Anyone who has not already been vaccinated should do so now.
While the timing of flu seasons is impossible to predict, based on past experience it’s likely that flu activity will continue for some time.
There are steps you can take in your daily life to help protect you from getting the flu.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy food.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If a tissue is unavailable, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
- If you’re sick, STAY HOME!! Seasonal Flu spreads too easy in close environments.
- If you have been out sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
Wayne County Public Health has flu vaccine available.
If you are in need of a flu vaccine, please call 315-946-5749 to schedule an appointment.
Flu vaccinations can also be found at your primary care physician or your local chain pharmacy.