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Flu In Greene County
As of Nov. 8, Greene County has seen a total of 5 reported and confirmed influenza cases. 
Influenza A: 3
Influenza B: 1
Both A and B: 1
*Please keep in mind these numbers may fluctuate

Nationally, the CDC reports that seasonal influenza activity is still low in the United States. More information about the national flu situation is available at cdc.gov/flu.

Where To Get A Flu Shot

Flu vaccine is available in many locations throughout Springfield and the surrounding areas. Contact your healthcare provider or input your ZIP code at Flu.gov to find a listing of locations providing shots at this time. There is also information available here for local flu vaccination efforts. 


Why Vaccinate?
The Springfield-Greene County Health Department partners with agencies throughout the community to provide influenza vaccinations to protect people against the flu. It is easy to get vaccinated and it is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu.

A few reminders about getting vaccinated:
  • Everyone over the age of 6 months is recommended to be vaccinated
  • Get vaccinated early. Flu shots are typically available starting in early October 
  • Flu vaccine will protect against the three or four (depending on the vaccine) most common flu viruses circulating this year
  • Even if you were vaccinated last year, it is important to get vaccinated again this year to protect from changing flu viruses
  • Talk to your doctor about getting your influenza vaccine
  • Flu vaccine is safe. Every year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration work closely with vaccine manufacturers to ensure the highest level of safety standards for flu vaccines. For more information about flu vaccine safety, see http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/safety/.

High Risk Categories

Certain people have a high risk of serious complications from the flu. It is especially important for people in high risk categories to get vaccinated against the flu.

High risk categories include:

  • Young children
  • Pregnant women
  • Senior adults
  • Health care workers
  • Caregivers for those in high risk categories
  • Caregivers for infants 6 months of age or younger
  • As well as people with: 
    • Chronic health conditions
    • Asthma
    • Diabetes
    • Heart disease
    • Lung disease
    • Certain neurological conditions

For more information on health conditions that may put you at high risk, see http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/high_risk.htm and talk to your doctor or health care provider. 


Pregnant Women
Flu vaccination helps protect women and their unborn babies from getting the flu. Flu vaccination may even help protect your baby from the flu after your baby is born. Flu shots are safe for pregnant women and their unborn babies. The shot has been recommended for pregnant women for many years. Talk to your doctor about the flu vaccination during your pregnancy.

Parents
Flu can be a very serious illness for children of all ages. It can lead to severe illness, hospitalization and rarely, even death. Be sure to provide best protection from the flu by getting your child vaccinated. Vaccination is especially important for protecting children with asthma, diabetes or other health conditions. Children under the age of 9 that have never had a seasonal flu vaccine should get two doses of vaccine spaced at least 4 weeks apart. Talk to your child’s doctor or health care provider about getting flu vaccine.

Prevention
In addition to getting vaccinated, you can also help prevent the spread of many viruses by practicing proven disease prevention methods. This includes:
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and then wash your hands with soap as soon as you are able.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. This is how germs are spread.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

If you are sick, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, without using fever-reducing medicine. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Call your doctor or health care provider if you have questions about illness.