PREVIOUS: Clark County flu cases continue to rise
Other effective ways to avoid contracting it include avoiding close contact with people who are sick, washing your hands often or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available, avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth – germs are usually spread when a person touches something contaminated and then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.
Practicing other good health habits like disinfecting frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill, getting plenty of sleep, being physically active, managing stress, drinking plenty of fluids, and eating nutritious foods can help prevent illness, the health district said.
Flu is a common viral infection that can easily spread from person to person. Typically, a healthy person can fight off the flu with rest but it can be dangerous for young children and the elderly.
“Symptoms of influenza can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue,” the health district said. “Although most people fully recover from the flu, some experience severe illness like pneumonia and respiratory failure, and the flu can sometimes be fatal. People who think that they may have the flu and are pregnant, have an underlying medical condition, or who are extremely ill should contact their healthcare provider immediately.”
LAST YEAR: 2 people have died from the flu in Clark County
If an otherwise healthy person gets sick with the flu, staying home and avoiding contact with others for at least 24 hours after a fever subsides can help prevent the spread of the illness.
Flu numbers by season in Clark County:
2014 - 131
2015 - 63
2016 - 65
2017 - 139
2018 - 308
*Flu seasons last between October through April
The Springfield News-Sun provides the best coverage of flu season in Clark County including stories about how to prevent getting sick and updated flu deaths and diagnoses.