Archive for Thursday, January 11, 2007

Flu activity in Douglas County

January 11, 2007

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is reminding everyone it is not too late to get a flu shot. Recently Douglas County and the state have seen laboratory confirmed cases of flu.

"We typically start to see flu activity in January and February. It's important for people who have not received their flu shot to get one right away, because there is flu going around," said Barbara Schnitker, Director of Nurses for the health department.

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. Symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough and muscle aches. The flu is a serious illness that can often be difficult to recover from -- sometimes taking days or even weeks for a person to get better.

The health department also encourages people to take steps in practicing healthy habits such as washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home when sick.

Flu shots are still available during regular clinic hours at the health department, 200 Maine St., Lawrence.

Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays; 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays.

The cost for the flu shot is $21, although no one will be denied services for inability to pay.

Medicare Part-B participants who are eligible are asked to bring their Medicare card.

For more information, call the health department at 843-0721.

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