Flu Season is Here

Posted 12/22/2016 in Public Health

Brought to you by Delaware County Public Health

Influenza season is here with the flu circulating, just in time for the holidays!  The flu is a respiratory illness caused by viruses.  It comes on quickly.  It spreads easily from person to person and can cause mild to severe illness.

Symptoms may include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, and body aches.  Illness usually lasts two to seven days.  The flu may cause severe illness or complications in the very young or very old, or those who have underlying health problems.

“As you head into holiday gatherings, it is very important to remember the 3 C’s. Cover your coughs and sneezes; clean your hands frequently, and contain germs by staying home when you are sick,” urges Delma Hardin, RN, BSN, Delaware County Public Health Manager.  “Your personal actions can help keep you and your loved ones safe this flu season.”

More facts about the flu can be found at www.cdc.gov/flu or you can contact Delaware County Public Health at 563-927-7551.