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Public health officials encourage flu shots

By Staff Writer
Published On: Dec 13 2013 10:22:40 AM CST
Updated On: Dec 13 2013 12:36:15 PM CST
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JACKSON, Wyo. -

Teton County, Wyo, Public Health has secured additional supplies of seasonal flu vaccine. The agency is encouraging anyone who has not yet been vaccinated to schedule an appointment.

"The flu hasn't hit Teton County yet," said Teton County Public Health Nurse Manager Melanie Pearce, "which gives people time to get vaccinated." 

Pearce said people exposed to flu virus before the vaccine has had time to protect them could still become ill with influenza.   But, she said the illness would not be caused by the flu vaccine.

Wyoming Department of Health surveillance epidemiologist Reggie McClinton said influenza activity has increased across the state.  

"While we are not seeing as many cases as this time last year, reported influenza activity is definitely picking up," he said.

According to Pearce, almost everyone who is 6 months old or older should get an annual flu vaccine. 

"Whether you choose a flu shot or a nasal spray vaccine, getting immunized is safe and is the single most effective thing most people can do to help prevent getting ill with influenza or passing it on to others," she said.

Symptoms of influenza (flu) include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose and muscle aches.

Basic common-sense measures can also slow the spread of influenza.

"Simple steps such as covering your mouth and nose with your sleeve or a tissue when you sneeze and cough; frequently washing your hands; and staying home from work, school, day care and errands when you are ill can help," Pearce said.

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