RELEASE: County Executive and Public Health Department Urge All Residents to Be Cautious During Record Flu Season

Clayton, MO – Influenza season has arrived and both County Executive Steve Stenger and the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health are urging all county residents to be cautious as flu numbers have risen in recent weeks.

“This isn’t just about protecting yourself, although that is certainly important,” said County Executive Stenger. “If you’re sick, stay home and rest.”

St. Louis City and County have seen an uptick in flu cases. It is important to note that last week, we set a record for the highest number of influenza cases reported in a week.

“Getting the flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting yourself and your family against the flu,” Public Health Department Director Dr. Faisal Khan said. “But if you do find yourself with flu-like symptoms, call your doctor.”

In addition to the flu vaccine, standard precautions to avoid getting the flu being urged by the health department are:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue or into your sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  •  Try to maintain a distance of three feet between you and others.
  •  Stay home when you are sick or think you may be getting sick.

If you think you may have the flu, the department recommends that you contact your health care provider for possible treatment – especially if you have a fever of 100° F or higher. Flu symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headaches, chills, tiredness or fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

For more information about the flu vaccine, visit:

www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm

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