Moab sees increase in reported flu cases
by Greg Knight
The Times-Independent
Nov 23, 2017 | 1197 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print

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.

Copyright 2013 The Times-Independent. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

report abuse...

Express yourself:

We're glad to give readers a forum to express their points of view on issues important to this community. That forum is the “Letters to the Editor.” Letters to the editor may be submitted directly to The Times-Independent through this link and will be published in the print edition of the newspaper. All letters must be the original work of the letter writer – form letters will not be accepted. All letters must include the actual first and last name of the letter writer, the writer’s address, city and state and telephone number. Anonymous letters will not be accepted.

Letters may not exceed 400 words in length, must be regarding issues of general interest to the community, and may not include personal attacks, offensive language, ethnic or racial slurs, or attacks on personal or religious beliefs. Letters should focus on a single issue. Letters that proselytize or focus on theological debates will not be published. During political campaigns, The Times-Independent will not publish letters supporting or opposing any local candidate. Thank you letters are generally not accepted for publication unless the letter has a public purpose. Thank you letters dealing with private matters that compliment or complain about a business or individual will not be published. Nor will letters listing the names of individuals and/or businesses that supported a cause or event. Thank you letters about good Samaritan acts will be considered at the discretion of the newspaper.