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  • Phone: 970-328-8840

    Avon
    100 W. Beaver Creek Blvd. 107
    P.O. Box 3419
    Avon, Colorado 81620
    Phone: 970-328-9813

    Eagle
    551 Broadway
    P.O. Box 660
    Eagle, Colorado 81631
    Phone: 970-328-8840

    El Jebel
    0020 Eagle County Drive, Suite E
    El Jebel, Colorado 81623
    Phone: 970-328-9586

    Fax: 855-848-8829
    (all locations)

It’s not too late for a flu shot

Contact: Rebecca Larson, Epidemiologist Eagle County Public Health at 970-328-9820 or  Lindsay Warner, Communications & Publications Manager Vail Valley Medical Center at 970-569-7754.

Influenza activity is increasing across the country and has resulted in several hospitalizations locally. Eagle County Public Health and Vail Valley Medical Center are joining the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) in urging everyone who has not yet been vaccinated this season to get their flu shot.

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness that can range from mild to severe, and in some cases cause death. Flu symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, body aches, chills, fatigue, and in some instances, diarrhea and vomiting. Older people, young children, and those with certain health conditions are at higher risk for serious flu complications.

Vaccinating against the flu is the single best way to protect yourself and others from the illness. Community members can contact their pharmacy, or their health care provider, or Eagle County Public Health to inquire about the flu shot. In addition, use these tips to stop the spread of flu:

• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
• 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.
• Avoid close contact with sick people.
• If you are sick with flu-like illness, limit your contact with others and stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care.

According to the CDPHE, you should seek care immediately if any of the following symptoms are present:

Children
• Fast breathing or trouble breathing.
• Bluish skin color.
• Not drinking enough fluids.
• Not waking up or not interacting.
• Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held.
• Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worsened cough.
• Fever with a rash.

Adults
• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
• Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen.
• Sudden dizziness.
• Confusion.
• Severe or persistent vomiting.

For more information, contact your pharmacist or health care provider, or visit www.eaglecounty.us/flu.