CASCADE COUNTY — Last week, the first two influenza cases were confirmed in Cascade County when one person was diagnosed with influenza A and another was diagnosed with influenza B.
The Cascade City-County Health Department said in a news release on Friday that it is not cause for alarm, but does serve as a reminder that now is a good time to get immunized against this potentially serious illness.
Tom Lambert, a public health nurse with CCHD, explained, "The flu shot has been a proven way to protect the individual from becoming ill, but also and equally important, it will prevent that person from being contagious to the community around them. So an individual getting a flu shot can easily prevent their household, their coworkers, anybody that they’re going to be around, from becoming ill with the flu."
The CCHD said in a press release that getting immunized is the best way to prevent the flu. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention offers the following tips for preventing the spread of flu: