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49 States Hit by Flu this Season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Recent headlines have brought to the country’s awareness the seriousness of influenza. Forty nine states are reporting widespread influenza with Influenza A (H3N2) viruses as the most common associated with illness. Those affected most by influenza are people over 65 years of age and children.

The most recent statistics for Colorado report 1 – Pediatric death and over 2,000 reported hospitalizations due to influenza. This however doesn’t include the numerous patients that have tested positive for influenza, but weren’t hospitalized. Prowers County has had 2 – residents that have been hospitalized due to influenza, with numerous residents seeing local providers with flu like symptoms.

Flu vaccine is far from perfect, it’s not 100% effective, however it is effective at reducing the severity and duration of the illness meaning that you experience mild illness at home versus possible hospitalization or even death. A flu shot is the absolute best way to decrease your chance of developing the flu and decrease the severity of your illness, should you come down with the flu.

The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

 Fever* or feeling feverish/chills

 Cough

 Sore throat

 Runny or stuffy nose

 Muscle or body aches

 Headaches

 Fatigue (tiredness)

 Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

* It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever

It’s not too late to receive a flu shot since we are not yet halfway through the influenza season. Prowers County Public Health & Environment has plenty of flu vaccine still available for both children and adults. If you still have not had your flu shot and are interested in reducing your chances of getting the flu and protecting your family and friends, please call Prowers County Public Health & Environment at (719) 336-8721 to schedule an appointment.

 

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