Vaccination is recommended for the following people:
■ children ages 6 months to 4 years
■ people with chronic health conditions (asthma, chronic pulmonary diseases, significant heart disease, sickle cell anemia, neurologic conditions that compromise respiratory function and people with a suppressed immune system)
■ women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant
■ American Indians/Alaska Natives
■ people who are morbidly obese
■ residents of nursing homes and other chronic care facilities
■ health care professionals
■ caregivers of children younger than 5 or adults 50 and older
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers drop-in clinics from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. Adult flu shots are $25 and children’s flu shots/FluMist are $14 or less. Flu shots also are available by appointment. For more information, call 970-871-7624.
■ sore throat
■ runny or stuffy nose
■ body aches
■ sometimes diarrhea and vomiting
When to seek care
■ fast breathing or trouble breathing
■ bluish skin color
■ not drinking enough fluids
■ not waking up or not interacting
■ being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
■ flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worsened cough
■ fever with a rash
■ difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
■ pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
■ sudden dizziness
■ severe or persistent vomiting
■ Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
■ Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
■ Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
■ Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
■ If you are sick with a flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
■ While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
For more information about the flu, call the COHELP line at 877-462-2911.
Source: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association