Flu is widespread in New York

From Columbia County Health Department:

For immediate Release

According to the New York State Department of Health flu activity in New York State is categorized as widespread. Symptoms of the flu can look a lot like a typical cold. How do you tell the difference? The F.A.C.T.S. are: F-fever, A-aches and pains, C-cough, T-tiredness and fatigue, and S- sudden onset of symptoms.

Some people develop nausea and vomiting as well, but this not as common.

Influenza vaccine is the best protection we have against the “Flu” and its complications for adults and children. Also avoiding close contact with people who are sick, if possible staying home from work or school when you are sick, covering your cough or sneeze, avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth and washing your hands often will help prevent flu spreading from person to person.

Jack Mabb, Public Health Director said,” We are still giving Flu shots and the Health Department has a sufficient supply of flu vaccine for those who are interested in getting the vaccine. There is still time to get a Flu shot as the Flu is most likely to stay widespread for quite some time.”

An Immunization clinic by appointment only is regularly scheduled every Tuesday from 1-3:30 pm and an evening clinic on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 4-6 pm. To make an appointment for a Flu shot, call the Columbia County Health Department at (518)828-3358.

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