Influenza

In Oklahoma, influenza activity  has increased significantly over recent weeks with influenza A (H3N2) viruses predominating so far this season.  Even though reports are that this year’s vaccine is not as effective against the H3N2 strain, it still provides some protection again influenza and could prevent more intense illness.  It is not too late to get your flu shot.  Additional precautions you should take to stop the spread of germs that can make you and other sick are:

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people
  • If you are sick with flu-like symptoms, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone (except to get medical care if necessary)
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
  • Cleaning and disinfect your work area, home, car, etc.

 

Flu-like symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Fatigue

 

Contact your Primary Care Provider or your Public Health Nurse today to get your flu shot.

 

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health