Influenza is Still Circulating

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The flu season is finally slowing down but cases are still being reported. Please remember to cover your cough, wash your hands, and stay home if you are sick.

**Local flu activity: Washtenaw County Flu Activity**

Annual flu vaccination and basic prevention strategies like hand washing provide the best protection against illness. Even healthy people can get the flu, and it can be serious. Protect yourself - and those around you - by getting vaccinated. 

Everyone 6 months of age and older should receive an annual flu vaccine. Vaccination is especially important for those at high-risk for serious flu complications, including older people, pregnant women, children, people with certain health conditions, as well as contacts of high risk individuals such as new parents, health care professionals and caregivers.

Vaccine Availability

Flu vaccinations are available from some local health care providers and  pharmacies. Please call ahead to confirm.

Washtenaw County Public Health has some flu vaccine appointments available. Please call 734-544-6700 to schedule. Flu vaccine is $20. Please note that we are unable to provide services to Medicare Part B participants, or bill private insurances. Medicaid is accepted, please bring your cards and identification.

Vaccine Safety

The composition of the flu vaccine is determined each year. The 2012-2013 flu vaccine will protect against influenza A (H1N1) 2009 virus, influenza A (H3N2) virus, and influenza B virus. Each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) works closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), health care providers, state and local health departments, and other partners to ensure the highest safety standards for influenza vaccines. Over the years, seasonal flu vaccines have had very good safety track records.

Flu Basics

Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

Flu Symptoms

Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

·         Fever* or feeling feverish/chills

·         Cough

·         Sore throat

·         Runny or stuffy nose

·         Muscle or body aches

·         Headaches

·         Fatigue (tiredness)

·         Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

* Not everyone with flu will have a fever.

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