INFLUENZA UPDATE

Ransom County has seen a rise in the number of influenza cases diagnosed. It is important to understand the symptoms of influenza so you can be treated promptly as well as take measures to
stop the spread. Influenza (commonly called the flu) is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs. It is caused by an influenza virus and spreads easily. Flu symptoms will often start quickly, usually
within 2–3 days of contracting the virus. See attached table for the differences between cold and flu symptoms.

Flu shots are still available Ransom County Public Health Department, call 701-683-6140 for an appointment or stop in on Thursdays, for our walk-in clinic, from 8-4:30.

In addition to the Influenza Virus, we have been notified that cases of other very contagious illnesses including strep throat and gastroenteritis (“stomach flu”) are circulating in our communities.

Here are some ways to stay healthy and prevent the spread of these illnesses:
-Stay home from school or work if you are feeling ill or have a fever.
-Wash hands frequently with soap and hot water. When soap isn’t available, use an alcohol based sanitizer.
-Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and throw tissues in the trash.
-Avoid contact with sick people, if possible.

* Contact your Physician with any questions or concerns. Now that flu season is in full swing, it is important to be proactive and seek medical advice on whether your symptoms warrant a clinic visit.

 

The Flu: A Guide for Parents PDF