Wicomico Health Department Talks About the Bad Flu Season
There’s one word that describes this year’s flu season: bad.
If you haven’t had it yet, consider yourself lucky, but flu season is far from over. We get a mid-season update on what is now being called an “epidemic” in the United States. Have we seen the worst yet? Is it too late to get vaccinated? Communicable Disease Program Supervisor, Olivia Butler, with the Wicomico County Health Department is here with the answers.
Olivia says it is not too late to get the flu shot, but it does take two weeks for your body to get full protection from the flu so getting it sooner rather than later is best since flu season is in full effect. Reports are coming out that are saying the flu vaccination have been less than 20% effective, but Olivia says it’s still important to get the flu shot just in case.
With a common cold, symptoms are sore throat, runny nose, congestion and cough. With the flu, symptoms may be the same but also include headaches, body aches, nausea and a fever. Olivia says if your fever is high for several days, call your doctor and let them know your symptoms and go from there.
Olivia says if you are not feeling well, do not go to work or school. Washing hands often, covering your mouth when you cough, disinfecting surfaces that are commonly touched, and drinking plenty of fluids are tips Olivia gives to help us not get sick.
- Anyone with a cold, cough, fever, or other flu-like symptom, is asked to remain home and avoid visiting patients.
- PRMC is restricting children under the age of 12 from visiting.
- People with appointments are asked to avoid bringing children under the age of 12 to their appointments, unless the appointment is for the child.