Flu season is starting earlier this year and Montrose County urges residents to consider a flu vaccination. There are reported flu cases in Montrose County, including one hospitalization from the flu as well. Flu season generally runs from October through May but cases may occur in the summer months too. It takes about two weeks for the body to develop an immune response after immunization, so it’s a key to get immunized sooner, rather than later.
"There are several different strains of the flu virus," said Montrose County Communicable Disease Specialist Linda Vandehey, RN. "Influenza is a serious illness and may be deadly for older adults, infants, and people with underlying medical conditions."
Residents are also encouraged to stay healthy by staying home if sick; avoiding close contact with people who are sick; covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing; and practicing good health habits including reducing stress, eating nutritious meals, getting plenty of sleep, drinking water, and washing hand frequently.
As the public health leader in our community, Montrose County Health and Human Services works to prevent the spread of illness by offering vaccines for all vaccine preventable diseases including the flu. Flu shots and other immunizations are available by appointment for children and adults Monday through Thursday from 9am to 5pm and Friday from 9am to 2pm. Please call 970-252-7052 to schedule an appointment. County nurses are also available to visit businesses to immunize employees for those that aren't able to make it during immunization business hours--please call 970-252-5048 to inquire. For more information, please visit: http://www.montrosecounty.net/116/Immunizations