Influenza Activity Increases In Wyoming

Dec 8, 2017

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Flu numbers are rising in Wyoming, with the highest levels reported in the southwestern corner of the state.

The Wyoming Department of Health’s Kim Deti said people should keep common-sense measures in mind to help slow or prevent spreading the flu.

That includes frequently washing your hands, staying home if you’re sick, and using your sleeve or a tissue to cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing. Flu season runs from October through May, so Deti said it’s likely not quite peak flu season.

“It’s definitely not too late to get your flu shot,” said Deti. “There is something to keep in mind--flu shots do take about two weeks to start doing their job for you. So if people around you are already ill with influenza, you might still become sick.”

Deti added that so far this year’s vaccine has shown to be a good match for the strains of influenza that have been circulating in Wyoming and across the country.