Lincoln County Health Department recognizes National Influenza Week
National Influenza Week is Dec. 8-14 and the Lincoln County Health Department encourages residents to give the gift of influenza protection by getting a flu shot. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), everyone aged six months and older should be vaccinated.
“The most effective way to prevent influenza is by getting vaccinated,” said Mindy Schwarz, Public Health Nurse for Lincoln County. “Getting your flu shot and making sure children are vaccinated can help protect relatives and friends of all ages.”
Schwarz noted it takes about two weeks for your body to build protection against influenza after vaccination, making it especially important to get vaccinated now if you have not done so already. To get your flu shot and flu shots for your family, contact your health care provider, or pharmacy. At this time, Lincoln County Health Department is out of Adult Flu Vaccine but continues to offer Children’s Flu Vaccine to those who qualify. Call the Health Department at 715-536-0307 for more information.
Lincoln County Health Department also suggests these important steps:
*Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
•Cover your cough or sneeze with your upper sleeve, and try to avoid touching your face with your hand. If you use a tissue, throw it away after one use.
•Use your own drinking cups and straws.
•Avoid being exposed to people who are sick with flu-like symptoms.
•Eat nutritious meals, get plenty of rest and do not smoke.
•Frequently clean commonly touched surfaces (e.g., door knobs, refrigerator handle, telephone, faucets).
•If you think you have the flu, stay home, get rest, drink plenty of liquids and avoid using alcohol and tobacco. If your symptoms persist, contact your doctor.
For more information on influenza, visit http://lincolncountyhealthdepartment.com/.