Grundy County Public Health joins the Iowa Department of Public Health and the CDC in reminding everyone that it is not too later to get a flu shot.
"We are experiencing an early and severe flu season this year," said Nancy Haren, RN, BSN, Public Health manager. "It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body's immune response to provide full protection. With flu activity widespread this year, it is never too late to protect yourself and your loved ones," said Haren.
The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against the flu. While the flu vaccine is the best defense against getting influenza, it's also important to take personal actions to help prevent the spread of illness. This year there are also a variety of influenza-like illnesses circulating that the flu shot may not protect you against. So remember the 3Cs: Cover your coughs and sneezes; Clean your hands frequently; and Contain germs by staying home when ill.
The flu is a respiratory illness caused by viruses. It spreads easily from person to person and can cause mild to severe illness. The flu comes on suddenly and symptoms may include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches. Illness typically lasts two to seven days. Influenza may cause severe illness or complications in people such as the very young or very old, or those who have underlying health conditions.
Grundy County Public Health has flu vaccine available. Call 319-824-6312 for an appointment.
More information about influenza can be found at www.idph.state.ia.us/Cade/Influenza.aspx.