Clinics are tentatively set for late September or mid-October (based on when vaccine arrives and scheduling availability for the schools)
Everyone is encouraged to get a flu vaccine.....for your health and to protect others.
Influenza (flu) is a viral disease of the respiratory tract, the most common types being A and B.
The viruses that cause influenza are highly communicable. The organisms are easily transmitted from one individual to another through contact with droplets from the nose and throat of an infected person during coughing and sneezing. Flu viruses can survive on hard surfaces for 24-48 hours and on skin, especially hands, for up to one hour.
Individuals are most infectious in the 24 hours before the onset of symptoms and during the period of peak symptoms (fever, aching, headache, congestion, cough). The virus is shed in the secretions up to 7 days after the onset of symptoms, but may last longer in young children and those with a weakened immune system. The incubation period is usually 1-3 days. Children tend to transmit the influenza virus for up to 7 days. Adults: 3-5 days.
- Individuals with serious illnesses such as lung disease, heart disease, cancer, emphysema, diabetes, or with a weakened immune system should avoid crowds and public facilities. Students with serious health conditions should possibly be excluded from school during outbreaks.
- It is recommended that a yearly influenza vaccine be received
- Fever with chills ( not all those with flu have a fever)
- Muscle aches
- Dry cough
- Stomach pain
- Nausea and vomiting, diarrhea (more common in children)
- Conjunctivitis (redness and inflammation of the lining of the eyes)
- Sore throat
- Feeling extremely tired
- Increase fluid intake
- See physician as necessary
- Take mild analgesics for pain, aches, fever relief
- Recommended absence from work/school for recovery depends on severity of illness, influenza type, and recommendations of a health care provider