Three Rivers: “Not too late to get flu shot”
With flu season fast approaching, Three Rivers Public Health Department is reminding residents that there is still time to get a flu shot as cases are already being reported in the district.
“Getting a flu shot is the best way to prevent the flu and protect yourself and others from serious complications,” Terra Uhing, executive director of Three Rivers, said. “Now is the time to get your flu shot if you haven’t already. It is not too late.”
Three Rivers has already begun receiving reports of influenza cases in the area, and according to the department, flu activity is currently occurring at a “low” rate across the state.
So far this flu season, there have been two cases of influenza, one laboratory confirmed, and one provider reported in the district counties of Dodge, Saunders and Washington.
“When you are getting flu shots, another key aspect to remember is that it is not just for you and your family it is for those that are a high risk of complications so that would be pregnant women, those young children who cannot get the flu shot, and more importantly those with immune compromised systems,” Uhing said. “So at the end of the day, all of those factors go into trying to keep our communities healthy.”
Those who haven’t received a flu shot this season are encouraged to contact their local healthcare provider to check for availability. Three Rivers still has a plentiful supply of vaccine; those interested are asked to contact them at (402) 727-5396.
“It is not necessarily about where they go to get their flu shot, just as long as they go and get a flu shot,” Uhing said.
The department also reminds area residents that if they do develop flu-like symptoms and are concerned about their illness to consult a health care provider. Those at high risk for complications include people 65 years or older, people with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women, and young children.
Good health habits and simple hygiene practices can also go a long way toward preventing the flu and other illnesses such as the common cold.
Wash your hands often to help protect you from germs.Avoid close contact with people who are sick, if possible.Keep your distance from others when you are sick, to protect them from becoming infected.Stay home from work, school and errands when you are sick, if possible, to help prevent others from catching your illness.Cough and sneeze into an elbow or tissue instead of hands to help prevent the spread of germs to others.Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.