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THS WEEK'S BRIEFS: Influenza confirmed; Social media class offered PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 26 January 2012 20:20

Influenza case confirmed in SW Nebraska

The first laboratory confirmed case of influenza in Southwest Nebraska has been reported to Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD).

Influenza is highly contagious and is caused by the influenza virus. The virus is spread from person to person primarily through droplets, which are released when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

When people get the flu they may have a sudden onset of fever, chills, headache, dry cough or muscle aches. Illness may last several days to a week or more before recovery. The flu may be especially serious for the elderly and people with diabetes or heart, lung or kidney diseases.

“The flu season typically peaks in February. Although the first case of influenza in the eight-county health district has been reported this month, it does not mean that influenza is not still, or may not be, a risk to you,” states Jamey Keen, Public Health Nurse. “It is not too late, stop by our office to receive your flu vaccine today.”

Tips for Flu Prevention:

• Stay home when you are sick, especially if you have a fever. You should be fever free for a minimum of 24 hours, without fever reducing medication, before you return to work or school.

• Get vaccinated each year.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick or with others if you are sick.

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or cough into your inner elbow.

• Wash your hands frequently and use soap.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

• Practice other good health habits such as getting plenty of sleep and exercise, managing your stress, drinking plenty of water and eating nutritious foods.

“Do not confuse influenza with GI virus better known as “stomach flu.” Influenza is in your lungs. GI virus attacks your stomach and/or digestive tract,” states Myra Stoney, director of SWNPHD. “The flu shot can protect you from getting influenza but it does not protect you from “stomach flu.”

SWNPHD and the CDC continue to recommend influenza vaccination for everyone 6 months old and older this season. This year’s season does not appear to have peaked, so vigilance for influenza should be taken. While epidemics of flu happen every year, the timing, severity, and length of the epidemic is unpredictable and depends on many factors, including the circulating flu viruses and the match between circulating viruses and those in the vaccine.

Flu Vaccine Facts:

• The influenza vaccine is recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months.

• It takes approximately two weeks to receive complete immunity from influenza after getting the vaccine.

• Flu season typically peaks in February.

• Vaccination is particularly important for people with underlying health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and chronic illnesses.

• If you have not gotten vaccinated, it is not too late. For some people, catching the flu could be deadly. It will take up to two weeks to be protected. It is possible to pass the flu virus to others (be contagious) one day before the fever and up to five or more days after. Contact your doctor or SWNPHD to get vaccinated.

 

Social media class to be offered in Wauneta

Mid-Plains Community College will be offering a short course on social media on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. MT, beginning Feb. 7 and concluding March 6.

Jan Coone of Wauneta will help those enrolled in the class learn how to connect with family and friends via the Internet, sharing pictures, videos and information and how to best use privacy settings.

Introductory information will be presented regarding Facebook, Google Docs, Flickr, Twitter and You Tube.

For more information about this one credit course contact MPCC’s Imperial Extended Campus Coordinator Brenda Ledall at 308-882-5972 or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 January 2012 20:22