It’s not too late to get your flu shot

Gem County- Valor Health Laboratory says that the Emmett community is experiencing the same high numbers of Influenza cases as regional and national data suggests. So far this flu year, the lab has seen eleven outpatient tests come back positive for Influenza. Compared to previous years, numbers are showing more than double the flu activity than the 2016-2017 season to date, with a 16% positive rate in 2017-18 compared to a 7% positive rate in 2016-17.

Valor Health and Laboratory always promotes best practices for Influenza prevention. They say it’s easy to follow these simple measures to protect you and loved ones from getting sick. “First and foremost, everyone should practice good hand hygiene and cough etiquette,” says Laboratory Manager, Larry Schuermann. “Good Hand Hygiene is essential for the prevention of all diseases.” He recommends washing your hands often, especially after using the restroom, before preparing food, and after coming on contact with someone that is sick. He also says to remember to cough or sneeze into a tissue or into your sleeve, and not your hands. If you do “wash!”

It’s not too late to get your flu shot. In addition to the Flu vaccine, those over 65 should also be up to date with the pneumococcal vaccine, which can help prevent flu-related complications. For flu and other vaccinations, speak to your doctor or pharmacist to ensure you are receiving what you need to protect yourself this flu season.