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Cerro Gordo Health Department confirms flu cases in county

This news story was published on January 13, 2014.
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MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health has two confirmed cases of flu in the county. Both cases involve young children that have been infected by the H1N1 flu strain.

“Fortunately this year’s flu vaccine covers the current strain that is circulating in our area,” says Karen Crimmings, Disease Prevention and Investigation Service Manager, Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health. “Now is the time to get vaccinated if you haven’t had the opportunity to do so.”

The Health Department still has flu vaccine available. The Immunization Clinic is open Monday – Friday from 10:00 – Noon and 12: 30 – 4:00 PM.

In addition to getting vaccinated, individuals should practice the following steps to slow down the spread of the flu:

• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. This will block the spread of droplets from your mouth or nose that could contain germs.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
• Try to avoid close contact with individuals who are sick.
• If you or your children become ill with the flu, limit contact with others as much as possible to help prevent spreading the illness.
• Stay home or keep your child home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to seek medical care.

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