Have you gotten a flu shot yet? It’s not too late!
The Centers for Disease Control recommends all people 6 months and older receive the flu vaccine. To make it easier for you to protect your health and the well-being of those you care about, Winneshiek Medical Center (WMC) continues to offer convenient access to flu vaccinations.
Flu vaccines are available at any time with a clinic appointment, or you may simply walk in and request a flu shot in the Decorah, Ossian or Mabel Clinics. The flu vaccine is designed to protect against four different flu viruses; two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses.
According to Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Iowa has several influenza outbreaks that have included hospitalized patients. “WMC is seeing positive flu (influenza) tests almost daily; we recommend getting a flu shot to help protect against flu illnesses and prevent spreading,” says WMC Infection Preventionist Maggie Busta.
The flu is typically spread through airborne pathogens when a person with the flu coughs or sneezes- these pathogens can move 3 to 6 feet through the air. “To help avoid getting the flu, it is best to wash your hands often, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, get plenty of rest, drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious foods,” says Busta.
Influenza symptoms in children include:
- Fever up to 104°F
- Chills and shakes with the fever
- Headache/body aches
- Dry coughing
- Vomiting and belly pain
Influenza symptoms in adults include:
- Fever above 100.4°F
- Aching in muscles
- Chills and sweats
- Dry coughing
- Fatigue and weakness
- Nasal congestion
- Sore throat
Visit IDPH to learn more about signs, symptoms and prevention of the flu at http://idph.iowa.gov/influenza, or talk with your local healthcare provider if you are experiencing these symptoms. They will help find the best treatment for your illness.