contributed….Sauk County is experiencing an increase in influenza (flu) activity. The Sauk County Health Department in collaboration with the State of Wisconsin and our local medical partners encourage everyone to get the Influenza vaccine. Contact your medical provider or the health department for vaccine information. The 2012-2013 flu vaccine is effective against the influenza viruses that are circulating.

In addition to getting immunized the following are ways to stay healthy and to protect yourself and those around you from getting the flu:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water,      especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are      also effective.
  • Stay home when sick or have flu like illness at      least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever, or signs of a fever,      without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
  • Stay away from people who are sick.
  • Cover nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing      or sneezing (or use shirt sleeve or elbow if no tissue is available)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.  Germs spread that way.
  • Frequently wash common surfaces.
  • Eat nutritious meals, get plenty of rest and do      not smoke.

The symptoms associated with flu are:

  • Fever 100º F or above
  • Cough and sore throat
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Chills and fatigue

Most people are able to recover at home from influenza without medical care.  It is possible for otherwise healthy people to develop severe illness, so anyone concerned about their illness should consult their doctor. If symptoms warrant receiving medical care contact your health care provider.

For more information, contact the Sauk County Health Department at (608)355-3290.