|Flu Comes Early|
|Friday, 18 January 2013 13:15|
Flu activity is on the rise in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Health announced that 480 Iowans have been hospitalized for influenza through the first week of January. That's three times higher than the typical flu season.
In Mahaska County, however, there have only been three people hospitalized due to the flu so far, about the same as in previous years. Patty Malloy from the Public Health Office of Mahaska Health Partnership says the peak of the flu season hasn't even happened yet, so she has some advice on how to avoid spreading the flu.
"If you're having flu like symptoms, you know headaches, body aches, fever, chills, those are signs that you're probably coming down with something. Contain yourself to prevent it, we recommend that you cover your cough, clean your hands, and just contain, stay at home and just not go out in the public," says Malloy.
Malloy says another way to help prevent the spread of the flu virus is to get the flu shot. It's recommended for anyone more than six months old.
"In Mahaska County, as well as across Iowa, we're seeing an earlier start to the flu season than we typically would. So it is a good idea to come out and get your flu shot its not too late. You know, typically fall is the best time but because we're seeing it earlier and we have, you know, several months to go yet, still good to come and get your flu shot."
To get your flu shot you can either make an appointment with your local provider or contact the public health office at 641-673-3257 to make an appointment.