It's Flu Season!

October 17, 2018

It is flu season!  Last year, 80,000 people died due to the flu.  We, at Western Plains agree with the CDC in the prevention of the flu as well as to decrease the spread to do the following:

Prevention – Everyday Actions to Stop the Spread of Influenza

  1. 1.  Get a flu vaccine. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine by the end of October. Getting a flu vaccine every year provides the best protection against flu.

  2. 2.  Take everyday actions to stop the spread of germs.Try to avoid close contact with sick people, and if you become sick(https://www.cdc.gov/flu/takingcare.htm), limit your    contact with others. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and wash your hands often.

  3. 3.  Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.If you get sick with flu, prescription flu antiviral drugs can be used to treat flu illness. Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complications.

    Learn more(https://www.cdc.gov/fightflu) about how you can fight flu this season.

Another illness that is currently in the news is Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM), also known as the Polio Like Virus is a rare but serious condition that affects the nervous system, causing muscles to weaken. It can be a complication following a viral infection, but environmental and genetic factors may also contribute to its development. AFM symptoms include sudden muscle weakness in the arms or legs, sometimes after a respiratory illness. Symptoms may include:

  • Neck weakness or stiffness
  • Drooping eyelids or a facial droop.
  • Difficulty swallowing or slurred speech.

This illness typically affects children, the average age is 4 years old.  Using good handwashing and avoiding those who are sick are the primary ways to avoid this illness.  If your child shows any of the symptoms above please seek medical attention immediately.