Last updated 2:13AM ET
December 13, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Flu Reported in LaPlata County
(2007-12-10)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: The flu season is upon us. The San Juan Basin Health department in La Plata County has reported four cases of influenza.

KSUT's Sarah Baumgartner reports.

AMBIENT: SOUNDS OF FLU.

SARAH: With the weather getting colder and more people gathering indoors for holiday parties, these sounds become very familiar this time of year.
Joe Fowler, RN Epidemiologist with San Juan Basin Health Department says that there have been four reported cases of influenza so far this year.
Fowler says that some people may mistake sniffles and a cough for the flu, but most know just what it is once it hits them.
JOE FOWLER: A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO GET THE FLU KNOW EXACTLY WHEN IT HITS THEM. YOU'RE GOING ALONG YOU'RE OK ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU HAVE SEVERE TIREDNESS, DRY COUGH, HEAD ACHE, FEVER, YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'VE JUST BEEN HIT BY A BUS. IF YOU HAVE THE FLU FOR AT LEAST A FEW DAYS, YOU'RE FLAT ON YOUR BACK.
In Colorado the flu season normally peaks in January and can last until March or April according to Fowler.
He also says that there are a few preventative measures people can take to help from getting and spreading the flu.
FOWLER: WELL THE VERY FIRST THING IS WE CERTAINLY RECOMMEND THAT ANYBODY WHO DOES NOT WANT TO GET THE FLU GETS VACCINATED. AND ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE YOUNG CHILDREN IN THE HOUSEHOLD OR ELDERLY PEOPLE IN THE HOUSEHOLD, BOTH OF THOSE POPULATIONS ARE MOST SUSEPTIBLE TO THE SERIOUS COMPLICATIONS OF INFLUENZA. ASIDE FROM THAT THOUGH, YOU KNOW WASH HANDS RELIGIOUSLY, KEEP YOUR HANDS BELOW YOUR NECK; AVIOD TOUCHING YOUR EYES, YOUR NOSE OR YOUR MOUTH. COVER YOUR MOUTH AND YOUR NOSE IF YOU'RE COUGHING OR SNEEZING. AND WE DO RECOMMEND ANYMORE THAT YOU DON'T COVER YOUR MOUTH WITH YOUR HAND WHEN YOU COUGH OR SNEEZE COUGH INTO YOUR SLEEVE SO THAT YOU DON'T, IF YOU COUGH INTO YOUR HAND AND THEN YOU TOUCH A DOOR KNOB OR TELEPHONE OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT YOU'RE CONTAMINATING THAT SURFACE FOR SOMEBODY ELSE TO PICK IT UP.
The San Juan Basin Health is holding a special Holiday Walk-In Flu Clinic this Thursday, December 13th from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. at San Juan Basin Health Department.
Flu shots are $25 for adults or free for those who have Medicare, Part B or Rocky Mountain Health Plan.
As of late Friday afternoon, there have been no reported cases of influenza at the Montezuma County Health Department.

From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Sarah Baumgartner
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