FREMONT – The flu is here.
Three Rivers Public Health Department’s Executive Director Terra Uhing stopped by KHUB and KFMT yesterday to give an update on the flu and some confirmed cases.
“In the last two weeks we’ve had six confirmed cases of Influenza A,” stated Uhing. “It doesn’t sound like a lot, but if you actually look at where we were last year at this time, our flu is more than what it’s been.”
Uhing adds it’s not too late to get your flu shot. She says along with Influenza, there is another type of flu hitting the area: the stomach flu.
“The other thing that we are seeing right now is a stomach bug. So when we say the flu, this time I mean the stomach flu,” explained Uhing. “I’ve had people that have had vomiting, diarrhea, and those types of things. The thing is it’s lasting anywhere from 24 to 48 hours. But that’s something we’ve been seeing a little bit of, too.”
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends annual flu shots for everyone 6 months and older. While the Centers for Disease Control recommends people get vaccinated by the end of October, it is always beneficial to receive the immunization later, even into January or later.