Mask Up, Lather Up, Sleeve Up: Flu Season is Here
We have a challenging fall and winter ahead of us. In addition to the flu virus that circulates every year, we have the virus that causes COVID-19 ever-present in our communities. Our healthcare systems' capacity may be overwhelmed. Yet there are simple measures we can all take to ease this burden.
Yes, this message has been loud and clear for the past several months as a mechanism to slow the spread of COVID-19. It's simple, easy, and effective! With colder temps on the way, we will be spending more time indoors where viruses transmit easily from person to person. Masks will not only slow the spread of COVID-19 but will put a damper on flu and other infectious diseases. If you haven't worn a mask in public yet, please consider doing so. And try to keep your distance from others.
Wash those hands! This advice is not new and will always be one of the best ways to decrease the spread of germs. Again, it's simple and effective. When soap and water aren't available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
With the COVID-19 pandemic still going strong, getting a flu shot this year is more important than ever! Arming yourself with a flu vaccination not only protects you, but reduces the chance you'll bring flu home to a baby, an older relative, or someone with a medical condition who could become seriously ill from the flu. Plus the virus has a harder time spreading in a highly vaccinated community. Think of it as community service.
The flu vaccine is plentiful this year and available at most pharmacies, medical clinics, and Clay County Public Health (for children). Avera Medical Group Spencer will be holding their annual flu clinics beginning in October. In addition, Milford Family Care and Sioux Rapids Family Care have flu vaccinations available by appointment. Public Health hopes to continue their annual school-based flu clinics at schools in Clay County this fall, as well.
Three easy actions can make a big difference! Protect yourself. Protect your loved ones. Protect your community.