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Influenza Confirmed In Roosevelt County

The Roosevelt County Health Department recently received confirmation of an influenza A case in Culbertson from the Department of Health and Human Services.
This shows that influenza is present in our communities. Now, more than ever, is the time for residents to protect themselves against influenza.
The “flu shot” is the first line of defense when protecting yourself and family from influenza viruses. It is not too late to get this protection. It does take two weeks to build protective antibodies. Flu vaccine is readily available for everyone six months and older from:
•Roosevelt County Health Department, 124 Custer St., Suite A, Wolf Point, 653-6223.
•Listerud Rural Health Clinic, 301 Knapp St., Wolf Point, 653-2150.
•Chief Redstone IHS Clinic, 550 Sixth Ave. N., Wolf Point, 653-1641,
•Verne E Gibbs IHS Clinic, 107 H Street E., Poplar, 768-3491.
•Riverside Family Clinic, 209½ A Street, Poplar, 768-5171.
•Roosevelt Medical Center, 818 2nd Ave D, Culbertson, 787-3400.
In addition to the flu shot it is important to practice healthy habits when flu viruses are circulating.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water; you may also use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available.
Cover your coughs and sneezes. Dispose of tissues into the garbage.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth since germs spread easily this way.
Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as telephones, computers, desks and doorknobs.
Ensure you get adequate rest and eat a healthy diet.
Don’t prepare food when you are ill.
Stay home when you are sick.
Influenza can be serious, even life threatening in persons at high risk for complications:
Children under five years of age; especially those under two years of age.
Adults over 65 years of age.
Pregnant women.
American Indians and Alaskan Natives.
Residents of long-term facilities.
People with certain medical conditions such as heart, lung, nervous system disorders, weakened immune systems and extreme obesity.
For more information go to www.cdc.gov/flu or talk your health care provider or any of the health care agencies listed above.