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Posted on Dec 28, 2015

Flu season arrives in Grant County

Staff report
The Grant County Health District has seen a sharp increase in healthcare provider reporting of positive flu tests.
“Flu activity has remained low but is increasing in Washington and Grant County,” said Grant County Health Officer Dr. Alexander Brzezny. “This past week the health district received the first reports of flu from local healthcare.”
With holiday travel approaching the health district urges all residents 6 months and older to get their flu shot as soon as possible.
“In order to receive the best protection, I urge you to get your flu shot now,” Brzezny said.
Flu activity typically increases in the winter months when people spend more time indoors around each other, according to the health district.
People with the flu can make others sick one day before symptoms appear and up to five days after symptoms begin.
Use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing and throw it away. The health district also advises that people wash their hands often. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers work well when soap and warm water are not available.
“During the holidays, it’s easy to spread germs when you’re in close contact with loved ones. It’s important to get all family members vaccinated against flu, so you can spend more healthy time together,” said State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy.
“Flu is a serious illness that is especially dangerous for older people, pregnant women, young children, and those with certain chronic medical conditions,” she added.

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