2013 Cold and Flu Season Coming
Published on Oct 7, 2013 - 7:15:48 AM
NEVADA CITY, Calif. October 7, 2013 - The Nevada County Public Health Department wants to remind everyone that now is a great time to get the flu vaccine. Cold and flu season is fast approaching. The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illness but they are caused by different viruses. The flu is generally nastier than a cold with more fever, more body aches, more fatigue and a higher chance of developing pneumonia or needing hospitalization.
A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study estimated that flu vaccination prevented over 13 million cases of flu in the US from 2005-2011. Vaccination also prevented over 100,000 hospitalizations over that time period. Flu vaccination is still the single best way to prevent seasonal flu infection. Other recommended preventative actions include covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands often, staying home when sick, and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces at home, work and school. Plus drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.
The Nevada County Public Health Department offers flu vaccine clinics throughout the flu season. On Tuesday October 1st, Public Health conducted the first clinic of the season at the Grass Valley Veteran's Hall. The event resulted in 119 vaccines, and was well received, with 99% of respondents to a survey rating the service to the community as Excellent or Very Good.
Please talk to your health care provider about getting a flu vaccine this season. For more information about the flu, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/. For a list of Nevada County Public Health Department flu vaccine clinics in your area, see http://www.mynevadacounty.com/nc/hhsa/ph/Pages/Flu-Shots---Influenza.aspx.
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