Influenza activity is still elevated in the state of Iowa, but you have the power to fight the flu. The CDC recommends these steps to fight flu:
1. Get a flu vaccine. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine by the end of October (but you can still get one as late as February). Getting a flu vaccine every year provides the best protection against the flu.
2. Take everyday actions to stop the spread of germs. Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
3. If you become sick, limit your contact with others. Stay home from work, school, and other activities. (Per our policy, please avoid visiting hospital patients if you are sick.)
4. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and wash your hands often. Wear a mask if you do have to go out in public especially visiting your doctor's office.
5. If you get sick with flu, prescription flu antiviral drugs can be used to treat flu illness. Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complications.
Flu vaccines do not require an appointment and are available at the following clinics: Belmond, Clarion, Garner, Hampton, and Webster City. It's not too late to get your flu shot to protect yourself, your family, and community!