Moab has seen an increase in influenza cases during the past week, according to a press release issued on Tuesday, Nov. 21 by Southeast Utah Health Department Health Officer Brady Bradford.
“Individuals that have received the vaccine are reporting less severe symptoms than those that have not yet been vaccinated,” Bradford said. “As you enjoy the holiday weekend, please remember to wash your hands and stay away from groups. Wear a mask if you are experiencing unusual fatigue, soreness, and nausea or vomiting. If you are experiencing symptoms, contact your health care provider.”
According to Moab Regional Hospital CEO Jen Sadoff, as of Wednesday, Nov. 15, the hospital conducted 295 influenza tests, with 28 of those tests coming back positive for influenza-A, and 20 returning positive for influenza-B.
Bradford added that members of the public who have received a flu shot in recent weeks and months are responding better to treatment for the illness if they are exposed to it.
“We had conversations with the Utah Department of Health yesterday in which they indicated that the symptoms that were being reported in the ER were starting to increase, and as our nurse spoke with the hospital today they confirmed that,” Bradford said. “[The] general sense was that people that had received the flu shot already this year were handling the illness much better than those that had not yet received the shot ... the two combined conversations were enough to make us think we ought to get some information out to the public so they could be aware of it as they gather this weekend.”
For more information on flu shots, call the health department at 435-259-5602. The department’s vaccination clinic, located at 575 South Kane Creek Blvd., is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 3-4:30 p.m.