The Bond County Health Department is reporting a marked increase in reported Influenza A flu cases in Bond County recently. Over the course of five days, 27 cases were reported, where there had been only four cases reported in the entire month of November. The Health Department is reminding you it isn’t too late to get your flu shot.
Influenza or “flu” is a respiratory illness that has many of the same symptoms of the common cold, although usually to greater degree. Serious complications from the flu can affect anyone, but the elderly, the very young, and those with chronic health issues are at greater risk. The flu typically lasts a week or two and can be uncomfortable and inconvenient at the least and potentially life threatening at the worst.
The Bond County Health Department offers the following tips to protect yourself from the flu:
• Get your flu shot.
• Wash your hands thoroughly and often.
• Clean surfaces in your home and office that are frequently touched.
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
• Keep hands away from your face — avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• If you or your children are ill, stay home from work or school to prevent infecting others.
Flu shots are available at the Bond County Health Department on a walk-in basis for adults. For a flu shot for a child, please call for an appointment. For additional information, call the Bond County Health Department at 664-1442 ext. 126.