Polk County Health Department reported last week that flu season is prolonged this year. “The largest number of people sick from the flu is usually during the first week of February, but we think this season it will last to the end of March, if not longer.” said Therese Armour, Public Health Nurse at PCHD.

Earlier in the season a flu called A/H1 was common and causing more sickness among young people.  At this time, a flu called A/H3, which is stronger, is causing more sickness in those 65 years and older.  Although, both age groups can become sick from either type.

“H3 is covered by this year’s flu vaccine, so if you haven’t already, there is still time to get a flu shot,” Armour said.  For questions about the flu shot call PCHD at 715-485-8500 and ask for Therese Armour.

Along with getting a flu shot, PCHD reminds everyone to stop the spread of flu and other illnesses by:

• Covering your cough and sneeze.

• Staying home if you are ill.

• Washing your hands often.

People who become very sick with flu-like symptoms should seek medical care.

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