It's not too late to get your Influenza Vaccine!
What is Influenza? Often times the term "flu" is used to describe stomach-related illnesses like vomiting and diarrhea. Influenza is really a respiratory virus that is extremely contagious. It is spread by respiratory droplets through coughing and sneezing. Influenza symptoms can be similar to the common cold but are generally much more severe and can, at times, lead to death.
Symptoms of Influenza include:
- sore throat
- extreme fatigue and weakness
- high fever (102-104 degrees) usually present for 3-4 days
- dry, non-productive cough
- severe body aches and chest discomfort
- nasal congestion
- nausea and vomiting (more common in children than adults)
Who should be vaccinated? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that all persons, 6 months of age or older, be vaccinated for influenza. The annual influenza vaccine (also available in a nasal spray) is the best way to reduce the chance that you or your family will contract this serious illness.
Is it too late to become vaccinated? No, it is not too late to become vaccinated since the “flu season” typically lasts from November to April. Contact your physician, the Trempealeau County Public Health (715-538-2311 ext. 220) or go online to flu.gov for information regarding vaccination clinics. If you have questions regarding influenza or the influenza vaccine contact the district school nurse at 695-2696 extension 2090.