GRANT COUNTY, WA – The Grant County Health District warns residents that the flu season has arrived early in Washington State and across the nation. According to CDC, this year's flu season may be one of the worst in years. Grant County Health Officer Dr. Alexander Brzezny wants residents to know that Grant County healthcare providers are reporting an increase in the number of patients being seen for flu-like symptoms.
With holiday travel quickly approaching the Health District urges all residents 6 months and older to get their flu shot as soon as possible. Currently, there is no shortage of flu vaccine and it is widely available through clinics, pharmacies and at the Moses Lake Health District office.
While it's early in the flu season, so far the flu vaccine and the flu viruses seen in the nation are well-matched. The flu vaccine is the most effective way to prevent the flu and right now is the time to be vaccinated.
Flu-like symptom include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people may also have vomiting and diarrhea. People may be infected with the flu and have respiratory symptoms without a fever or no symptoms at all.
If you're sick with flu–like sickness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, (without the use of a fever-reducing medicine), unless you need to leave to receive medical care or for other necessities.