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Guilford Health Dept. Reports No Flu Cases, Gives Prevention Advice

10:51 AM, Nov 25, 2013   |    comments
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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Guilford County Department of Public Health said it has received no recorded reports of flu cases this year, but it warns December is one of the peak months for the illness and suggests all families take health precautions ahead of the holiday season.

Public health educator Sandy Ellington said she believes the lack of reported flu cases, which is less than were reported last year at this time, suggests the flu shot is working.  She encourages those who have yet to get the shot to go get vaccinated. Flu shots are available at local pharmacies at the health department, where it costs $25 for uninsured patients. Ellington also said it is still critical for people to receive TDAP vaccine to protect against Pertussis (whooping cough).

Ellington said ahead of the holidays, she advises everyone to take extra precautions when spending time in close proximity with family members and handling food. She said proper hand washing is critical and recommended carrying hand sanitizer to places in which people are inclined to make contact with others.

WFMY News 2

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