Positive Influenza Case in Richland County
Richland County’s flu season has begun with a positive Influenza A case tested locally on December 3rd, 2012. The preliminary results will be sent to the MT State Public Health Lab for confirmation. The person was not vaccinated with influenza vaccine.
Vaccination remains the best prevention for influenza and influenza related complications. Vaccination is recommended for all children ages 6 months and older. Persons who have any chronic health condition (diabetes, heart disease, cancers, immune suppressed, pregnant, have compromised lung/respiratory diseases, etc,) are at risk of complications from influenza illness and are strongly urged to get yearly influenza vaccinations.
Richland County Health Department wants residents to know there is still time to get a flu shot from the health department or check with their local healthcare provider.
In addition to vaccination please take other precautions to help limit the spread of the disease, including:
Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently, especially after contact with anyone who may be ill;
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing;
Stay home from work, school, daycare and large gatherings when you’re sick;
Get plenty of rest; and
Eat nutritious foods and drink plenty of fluids.
Symptoms of influenza include sudden onset of fever, severe body aches, chest discomfort & cough, chills, fatigue. Occasionally a sore throat & stuffy nose may be included. Influenza is spread person to person through close contact.
Contact your healthcare provider or the health department for more information. For information on vaccinations clinics at the Richland County Health Dept. call 433-2207 or go to http://richland.org/health/.