(Glenwood) Mills County Public Health Director Sheri Bowen says flu activity is picking up not only in Mills County but throughout the state. Bowen says when people think of the flu it usually means the stomach flu and vomiting and diarrhea.
“But that is not what we are talking about here,” explained Bowen. “That would be a G-I problem.”
Instead Bowen says what we are talking about here is respiratory influenza and the symptoms that may occur with this, sometimes can appear as a common cold.
“However, they tend to ramp up from there pretty quickly, including temperature, and body aches,” stated Bowen. “The risk is developing pneumonia and it develops pretty quickly.”
So Bowen encourages everyone to get protected.
“The problem with no flu shot at all is that you are placing yourself with a significant risk to be hospitalized for treatment. And your life can be at risk if you have any kind of a health risk, or a small child.”
Bowen admits a flu shot doesn’t mean you will avoid the flu, but what it will do is reduce those respiratory symptoms. “They will be much milder and last for a much shorter period of time.
January 17, 2014