FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 31, 2020
Contact: Dr. Thomas M. Canfield, MD, Montrose County CoronerOffice: Montrose County Coroner’s Office of Medical Investigations, (970) 252-4524 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Increase in Influenza Cases Reported in Montrose County
Montrose, CO— Montrose County Public Health is reporting an increase in influenza cases. There are at least 75 reported cases to date in Montrose County, with a recent spike in Influenza B cases.
“I strongly encourage the public to protect themselves and get a flu shot—it’s not too late to get vaccinated,” said Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Lisa Gallegos. “There is a marked increase in Influenza B cases, which typically affects children and young people.”
Montrose County Coroner Dr. Thomas Canfield, MD, also reported one death from complications of an influenza infection. The individual did not receive a flu vaccine this year. “The flu vaccine is one of the best methods of prevention,” said Dr. Canfield. “The vaccine can reduce the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death in children. If you have flu-like symptoms, please see a health care provider to get tested and treatment if needed.”
Flu vaccines are available at the Montrose County Public Health Clinic at 1845 South Townsend, as well as at several health care providers across the county.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), symptoms of the flu include:
The flu is a highly contagious illness, which is why the CDC urges everyone to take the following steps to protect themselves and others: