Health Department Gives Guidance for Flu Season

For Immediate Release: December 8, 2003

Contact:
Vermont Department of Health
Communications Office
802- 863-7281

BURLINGTON—An early arrival of the flu across the country has created a higher demand for influenza vaccine, making flu vaccine supplies limited in every state including Vermont. Vermont had two confirmed flu cases in November.

“Fortunately, Vermonters responded to our messages to get their flu shots early,” said State Epidemiologist, Cort Lohff, MD. “Even if you haven’t gotten a vaccine, there are still ways that you can stay healthy during the flu season.”

In addition to being vaccinated against the flu, the following suggestions can be taken to reduce the spread of flu or colds this season:

Flu symptoms can include fever, body aches, tiredness, cough, and sometimes a sore throat and runny nose. Children can also experience fever and vomiting.

“We are encouraging health care providers to vaccinate those who are at higher risk of complications from the flu if they haven’t already done so,” said Dr. Lohff.

People who are at higher risk of influenza complications and who should get a vaccination include:

The Health Department is continuing its work to get additional vaccine supplies to health care providers for young children via our “Vaccines For Children” provider network.