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Influenza Virus Circulating In Iowa

October 21, 2012
Reinbeck Courier

Grundy County Public Health joins the Iowa Department of Public Health and the CDC in urging an annual flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older as the best way to protect against influenza. By getting a yearly flu vaccine, you can protect yourself from illness, and protect those around you. Residents of Grundy County should get vaccinated as soon vaccine is available in their community.

"The best way to protect yourself and your family is to receive an annual influenza vaccination," said Nancy Haren, RN, Public Health Manager at Grundy County Public Health. There are several strains of the influenza virus circulating in Iowa already this fall and all are covered by the current vaccine.

Influenza is a respiratory illness that most often causes fever, headache, extreme tiredness, coughing, sore throat and a runny or stuffy nose. Occasionally, nausea and diarrhea can accompany the respiratory symptoms. The flu virus is spread when people who are ill cough or sneeze without covering their mouths and noses, sending tiny droplets of saliva into the air for others to breathe in and get sick. A person can also get the flu by touching a surface or object (such as a door handle) that has been touched by someone with the flu (who coughed into their hand), and then touching their own mouth, eyes or nose.

Please contact Grundy County Public Health at 319-824-6312 if you need a flu shot. We have both flu vaccine for Medicare eligible persons and vaccine and mist for a fee for anyone 6 months to adult. We have a limited amount of vaccine and mist for children through age 18 on Medicaid or who are uninsured or under insured.



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