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TAKE ACTION TO PREVENT FLU - Get your seasonal flu shot!

Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. Vaccination is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from influenza. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors' visits, missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. Flu vaccine also has been shown to be life-saving in children.

The CDC recommends that people get vaccinated against flu by the end of October. Below is a list of upcoming flu clinics being held by Bayfield County Health Department.

Upcoming Flu Clinics

Date Time Location
Thursday, October 4th
3 - 6 pm
Bayfield Co. Health Dept., Washburn
Monday, October 8th
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Barnes Community Center
Tuesday, October 9th
4 - 6 pm
Cable Community Center
Thursday, October 11th
10:30 am - 1 pm
Iron River Community Center
Friday, October 12th
12 - 1:30 pm
Bethesda Church, Bayfield
Wednesday, October 17th
4:30 - 6:30 pm
Benoit Community Center
Thursday, October 18th
9 am - 1 pm
Bayfield Co. Health Dept., Washburn
Monday, October 29th
10 am - 1 pm
Bayfield Co. Health Dept., Washburn
Tuesday, November 6th
9 am - 1 pm
Bayfield Co. Health Dept., Washburn

If you are unable to attend one of these clinics, contact the department directly to schedule a time that works for you*. Please call Bayfield County Health Department with any questions at (715)373-6109, extension 270.

*Normal business hours are Monday - Friday, 8 am - 4 pm.


Take 3 Actions to Fight the Flu

Take time to get a flu vaccine.

•  CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against influenza and its potentially serious complications.

•  Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every year before flu activity begins in their community.

•  CDC recommends getting vaccinated by the end of October

•  Vaccination of high risk persons is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness.

•  People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.

•  Vaccination also is important for health care workers, and other people who live with or care for high risk people to keep from spreading flu to them.

•   Infants younger than 6 months are at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated. Studies have shown that flu vaccination of the mother during pregnancy can protect the baby after birth from flu infection for several months. People who live with or care for infants should be vaccinated.
3 actions

Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.

•  Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

•  While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

•  If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)

•  Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands.

•  Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

•  Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.

•  Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like flu.

Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.

•  If you get sick with flu, antiviral drugs can be used to treat your illness.

•  Antiviral drugs are different from antibiotics. They are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaled powder) and are not available over-the-counter.

•  Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complications.

•  CDC recommends prompt antiviral treatment of people who are severely ill and people who are at high risk of serious flu complications who develop flu symptoms.

•  For people with high-risk factors, treatment with an antiviral drug can mean the difference between having a milder illness versus a very serious illness that could result in a hospital stay.

•  Studies show that flu antiviral drugs work best for treatment when they are started within 48 hours of getting sick, but starting them later can still be helpful, especially if the sick person has a high-risk health condition or is very sick from flu. Follow your doctor’s instructions for taking this drug.

•  Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people, especially children, may have vomiting and diarrhea. People may also be infected with flu and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.

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