HCHS reports Influenza cases

HANCOCK COUNTY HEALTH SYSTEM (HCHS) HAS REPORTED POSITIVE INFLUENZA CASES IN HANCOCK COUNTY. ACCORDING TO HCHS RN AND INFECTION CONTROL PREVENTIONIST ASHLEY STUDER, THE FLU SEASON IS OFFICIALLY HERE.

ANYONE CAN GET A FLU SHOT, BUT STUDER SAYS IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR SPECIFIC GROUPS OF PEOPLE.

EVEN IF YOU GET THE FLU SHOT, YOU STILL MAY BE SUSCEPTIBLE TO GETTING THE FLU, HOWEVER, STUDER SAYS THE VACCINATION CAN HELP DIMINISH THE SYMPTOMS.

ALTHOUGH YEARLY FLU VACCINATIONS ARE THE BEST PROTECTION AGAINST THE FLU, THERE ARE ANTIVIRAL DRUGS TO TREAT FLU ILLNESS. THESE DRUGS NEED TO BE PRESCRIBED BY A DOCTOR AND WORK BEST WHEN STARTED DURING THE FIRST TWO DAYS OF ILLNESS. THEY CAN MAKE PEOPLE FEEL BETTER AND MAY PREVENT SERIOUS FLU COMPLICATIONS, LIKE PNEUMONIA.

MOST HEALTHY ADULTS MAY BE ABLE TO INFECT OTHERS BEGINNING ONE DAY BEFORE SYMPTOMS DEVELOP AND UP TO 5 TO 7 DAYS AFTER BECOMING SICK.  IF YOU ARE DIAGNOSED WITH INFLUENZA, STUDER SAYS THERE ARE A NUMBER OF WAYS TO HELP PREVENT SPREADING IT.

FLU SHOTS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE HANCOCK COUNTY HEALTH SYSTEM CLINICS.  FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT INFLUENZA OR THE VACCINATION, VISIT WWW.TRUSTHCHS.COM/IMMUNIZATIONS-HCHS.

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