Some friendly reminders as the 2016 year comes to an end:
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.
Prevention: The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. (No, it is not too late to get a flu shot. Flu shots are available at your healthcare providers, Marion County Public Health, and your local pharmacy!)
Fever or feeling feverish/chills
Runny or stuffy nose
Muscle or body aches
Fatigue (very tired)
Treatment: Rest, fluids, stay home from school until fever free for 24 hours and feeling well, over-the-counter fever reducers, and if diagnosed early enough, some people may take antiviral medications to shorten the illness.
Marion County Public Health offers a variety of services from immunizations to WIC to I-Smiles dental care to help with transportation. Call 641-828-2238 to find out more.