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Flu Season

Local Flu Clinics

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends flu vaccination for everyone age 6 months and older. Infants younger than 6 months shouldn't be vaccinated, which makes it important for their parents and household members to get flu shots. People 65 years and older can get a flu vaccine with a higher dose designed specifically for them. This page is updated as local flu news develops.

Larimer County Department of Health and Environment — Call the Health Department at 498-6700 or check the website for the latest information on upcoming seasonal flu clinics. Click here for information on flu clinics sponsored by the county health department.

Rehabilitation and Visiting Nurse Association (RVNA) — RVNA offers flu vaccinations at public clinics in Larimer County. Shots and FluMist available. On-site clinics at worksites can be arranged for 10 or more people. Homebound people may also contact RVNA. For more information, call 225-9399 or visit www.rvna.info.

In addition to the organizations listed above, many local pharmacies and doctors' offices also offer flu shots to their customers and patients.

Flu Vaccine Finder, American Lung Association
The American Lung Association has a Flu Vaccine Finder that can help you find a flu clinic near you.

Note: This topic was prepared to help consumers find reliable health resources on the web. This site is not responsible for the information on other sites. The information here — and on all websites — is not intended to be a substitute for care given to you by a health professional.

What Is Influenza?

Influenza, commonly called "the flu," is caused by the influenza virus, which infects the respiratory tract (nose, throat, lungs). Unlike many other viral respiratory infections, such as the common cold, the flu can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications in many people. The most effective way to avoid the flu is to get an annual flu vaccination.

Is the Flu Vaccine Safe?

There are two types of flu vaccine: the inactivated (killed) flu shot and the live nasal flu vaccine (FluMist).

Inactivated Influenza Vaccine (Flu Shot): What You Need to Know, CDC
This information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains what you need to know about the flu virus and vaccine for the current flu season.

Live, Intranasal Flu Vaccine (FluMist): What You Need to Know, CDC
This information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains the nasal flu vaccine.

Prevent the Flu

Ways to avoid or prevent the flu:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid touching your mouth and nose.

If you do get the flu, take care of yourself with the following: get plenty of rest and sleep, drink plenty of fluids and avoid using tobacco and alcohol. Take medicines to relieve the pain and reduce fever. (Remember that flu is caused by viruses, and antibiotics do not work.) Do not give aspirin or aspirin-containing products to a child or teenager who has the flu.

Flu Signs and Symptoms

The following information is from MedlinePlus.

Flu is a respiratory infection caused by a number of viruses. The viruses pass through the air and enter your body through your nose or mouth. Between 5 percent and 20 percent of people in the United States get the flu each year. The flu can be serious or even deadly for elderly people, newborn babies and people with certain chronic illnesses.

Symptoms of the flu come on suddenly and are worse than those of the common cold. They may include

  • Body or muscle aches
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
Is it a cold or the flu? Colds rarely cause a fever or headaches. Flu almost never causes an upset stomach. And "stomach flu" isn't really flu at all, but gastroenteritis.

The main way to keep from getting seasonal flu is to get a yearly flu vaccine. If you get the flu, your healthcare provider may prescribe medicine to help your body fight the infection and lessen symptoms.

Information About Seasonal Flu, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Flu basics, prevention tips, vaccination facts and treatment information.

Information reviewed by Health District staff: 10/2014

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