State Health Department Reports Flu on the Rise

The North Dakota Department of Health is reporting a growing number of confirmed flu cases, with large increases in the last couple weeks. The CDC previously warned of what would likely be a tough flu season, and early evidence suggests they were probably right.

“For the third season in a row, influenza activity is starting earlier than is typical,” said Jill Baber, influenza surveillance coordinator for NDDoH. “Because the influenza season may very well continue for weeks, it’s important that everyone take precautions to avoid spreading the flu, including getting the flu vaccine.”

Helpful Flu Tips (for you and everyone around you also)

  1. If you’re sick, STAY HOME!
  2. Get a flu shot.
  3. Wash your hands.
  4. Cover your mouth when coughing, sneezing etc.

If you’re in the early stages of feeling sick, antiviral medication may help so if you’re especially vulnerable — older, younger, weakened immune — see a doctor quickly. Here’s the lowdown on antivirals from the news release…

Treatment with antivirals works best when begun within 48 hours of getting sick. For this reason, it is important people receive
prompt medical attention if they think they may have the flu. Antivirals may also be given to people at risk of severe complications of flu if they know they have been exposed to someone diagnosed with flu.

Here’s the full news release from the Department of Health.

Josh Wolsky

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