Flu Levels in Delta County Elevated


nfluenza activity remains elevated in Delta County and in the majority of areas in Colorado recently, said Jeanine Finnell, RN, Certified Infection Control Preventionist with Delta County Memorial Hospital.

Influenza activity is still elevated in the United States, but is decreasing in some areas of United States, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Since the season began on October 7th, 2012 among 395 positive specimens tested at the Colorado state laboratory, 54% have subtyped as type A and 46% as type B. We are starting to see more Influenza A than Influenza B in our community of Delta County, according to the hospital infection control regoistered nurse.

"It's not too late to be vaccinated against influenza," encouraged Registered Nurse Finnell. The effectiveness of the 2012-2013 vaccine is estimated to be about 62%, according to the CDC. Even though the vaccine may not be completely effective against some viruses, it covers three of the most common viruses. Also, CDC research has shown that the flu vaccine can help prevent other illnesses.

People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:
Fever
Cough
Sore throat
Runny or stuffy nose
Muscle or body aches
Headaches
Fatigue (very tired)
Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though his is more common in children than adults.

"The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu," stated Jeanine Finnell, a registered nurse for over 36 years (five with DCMH). There are also flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent the flu, when they are available through your local physician's office.