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Iredell Health Department stresses importance of flu prevention
Special to SVLfreenews.com
The Iredell County Health Department focuses prevention efforts on reaching out to healthcare facilities, daycares, long-term facilities, schools, churches, and more to communicate actions that can be taken to prevent flu activity. We highly encourage community members to get vaccinated.
Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk for developing flu complications and their close contacts. Children younger than 6 months of age are at high risk of serious flu complications but are too young to get a flu vaccine. Because of this, it is extremely important for any adult that will come in contact with the infant to get vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages everyone to do the following to prevent the flu virus:
Take the time to get a flu vaccine
Getting vaccinated before flu activity begins helps protect you once the flu season starts in your community. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body’s immune response to fully respond and for you to be protected so make plans to get vaccinated. CDC highly recommends people should get a flu vaccine by the end of October if at all possible. If you do get the flu, the vaccine will make symptoms of the flu less severe, regardless of the strain of the flu.
Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs
► Avoid contact with sick people;
► Limit contact with others when sick;
► Unless you need to leave home for medical care, if sick with flu symptoms, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone (fever should be gone without the use of fever-reducing medication);
► Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze;
► Perform hand hygiene often (hands should be washed a minimum of 20 seconds);
► Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth;
► Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated; and
► Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them
The timing of flu is very unpredictable and can vary in different parts of the country and from season to season. Last year flu activity began in early November and worsened in the months of December through February. The exact number of flu illnesses that occur each season is never fully known because flu is not a reportable disease and not everyone who gets sick with the flu seeks medical attention or gets tested.
The Iredell County Health Department currently has flu vaccines available for individuals 6 months of age and older. Walk-ins will be taken in Statesville, and by appointment only in Mooresville.. The cost for regular vaccine is $35 for self-pay. Medicare, Medicaid, and some insurance plans are accepted.
For more information please refer to the NC Department of Health and Human Services Flu Website: http://www.flu.nc.gov