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DIAGNOSED INFLUENZA CASES IN CRAWFORD COUNTY SIMILAR TO STATE ACTIVITY

02/14/17

(Denison, IA) – With more than 115 diagnosed cases of influenza since January 1, Crawford County residents are advised to guard their health, according to the Infection Control department at Crawford County Memorial Hospital. Heather Rasmussen, director, said the number of local flu cases mirror what is happening across the rest of the state of Iowa.

Rasmussen commented, “Eighty-one percent of patients with diagnosed flu cases at CCMH did not receive a flu shot. We should also keep in mind the number of flu cases could be much higher because patients don’t always see their primary care provider to receive a diagnosis.”

“It’s not too late to receive a flu shot”, said Rasmussen. “Those suffering from symptoms like fever, cough, fatigue and body aches are encouraged to see their family medicine provider for a diagnosis and potential treatment.”

Rasmussen said the best way for people to avoid the flu is to remember the 3 Cs – 1) cover your coughs and sneezes; 2) clean your hands; and 3) contain germs by staying home when ill, and especially for at least 24 hours after a fever stops.

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported last week that influenza activity in Iowa is high and remains widespread. According to IDPH, there have been 25 influenza related deaths in Iowa since October 2, 2016. IDPH notes that all but one of the individuals who died had underlying conditions or contributing factors.

Those individuals still wishing to receive a flu shot are encouraged to contact the CCMH Medical Clinics at 712-265-2700 or 712-263-5071.