Utah on track for nasty flu season

The Southeast Utah Health Department warns that flu is on the rise and it is not too late to get a flu shot.

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Believe it or not, it’s still not too late to get a flu shot.
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The department in an email said flu cases and flu-related hospitalizations have greatly increased since the start of the flu season in October. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate there have been at least 6.4 million flu illnesses this season, of those, 55,000 have resulted in hospitalization, and many have ended in death.

Utah is rated “HIGH” on CDC’s flu illness activity map; this means the state is on track to have one of the worst flu seasons in recent history. There are steps people can take to fight influenza and stay healthy this flu season. The best way to prevent influenza is by getting a flu vaccine each year, health officials say. Take preventive actions to stop the spread of germs. Wash hands, cover coughs, and stay home from work or school when sick. Take influenza antiviral drugs if a doctor prescribes them.

Contact the local Health Department Office in Grand, Carbon or Emery counties to get a flu shot today. The phone number in Grand County is 435-259-5602.