Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications. There are two main types of influenza (flu) virus: Types A and B. The influenza A and B viruses that routinely spread in people (human influenza viruses) are responsible for seasonal flu epidemics each year.
The best way to prevent flu is by getting vaccinated each year.
- 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.
Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report
For up to date information on the influenza go to: CDC Weekly Flu Report
Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) originating from Wuhan, China. Influenza-like illness with symptoms including fever with lower respiratory tract symptoms, such as cough and difficulty breathing (sounds like pretty common symptoms, right?!)
Did you know? Coronavirus has always been here. Generally, it only causes mild respiratory disease, such as the common cold. This strain of coronavirus is said to cause severe illness. (Two previous coronaviruses have caused severe disease: SARS, MERS)
So how do you know if you are at risk for Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)? There are 5 confirmed cases in the United States (Washington, Illinois, California, and Arizona). There was recent travel to Wuhan, China in those who have confirmed cases. Chinese officials are reporting that person-to-person spread is happening in China, but it has not yet been detected in the United States.
If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath within 14 days after travel from Wuhan, China, you should call ahead to a health care provider and let them know you have had recent travel and symptoms.
If you have had close contact with someone who is showing these symptoms and has recently traveled from this area, you should call ahead to a healthcare provider and mention the close contact exposure. Your health care provider will work with the health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested.
How can you protect yourself from this and other illnesses?
- Wash hands with soap and water often (for at least 20 seconds). If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
For more information go to: 2019 Novel Coronavirus, CDC
The goal of this program is to encourage year-round personal and community preparedness for disasters, disease outbreaks, and human caused emergencies.
Stop by the Greendale Health Department each month for your FREE item! (limited supply)
We currently have 3 programs.12 Months of Preparedness,
Stepping On, Memory Screening
To register or learn more about programs or events
call the health department at: 414-423-2110