Influenza activity remains elevated in Delta County and in the majority of areas in Colorado said Jeanine Finnell, RN, certified infection control preventionist with Delta County Memorial Hospital.
Since the season began Oct. 7, among 395 positive specimens tested at the Colorado state laboratory, 54 percent have subtyped as type A and 46 percent as type B.
"We are starting to see more Influenza A than Influenza B in Delta County," Finnell said.
"It's not too late to be vaccinated against influenza," she added. The effectiveness of the 2012-2013 vaccine is estimated to be about 62 percent, 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.
"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 Finnell. There are also flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent the flu, which may be available through your local physician's office.blog comments powered by Disqus