illness hits Idaho County
North Central District Health Department has received reports of Influenza-like illness in several children living in Idaho County. Symptoms of influenza include fever, headache, general aches and pains, cough and muscle weakness. Among children, ear infections, nausea, and vomiting also are reported. The common cold generally includes stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, and cough.
The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each fall. The CDC now recommends annual influenza vaccination to all children 6 months to 18 years of age as well as adults.
If you get influenza or a cold get plenty of rest and drink a lot of liquids. Also, many over the counter medications can help relieve the fever and muscle aches associated with the flu. Never give aspirin to children or teenagers who have flu-like symptoms, particularly fever. Get immediate medical care if you have noisy, rapid or difficult breathing.
The germs that cause these infections are spread from person to person in droplets when a sick person coughs, sneezes, or talks. Some viruses also can be spread when a person touches a surface with the virus on it (e.g., a door handle) and then touches their nose, eyes, or mouth.
Public Health wishes to remind everyone about key tips to help prevent the spread of germs:
Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water;
Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing;
Throw used tissues away without delay;
Stay at home when you have a cough or fever;
Wash your hands before eating or before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth;
Wash your hands after touching anyone who is sneezing, coughing, blowing their nose, or who has a runny nose;
Do not share food, utensils, or beverage containers with others;
Do not share things like towels, lipstick, toys, cigarettes, or anything else that might be contaminated with respiratory germs.
For more information or questions please contact: Donna Anderson, RN, Staff Epidemiologist at 208-799-3100