Flu Watch

Nov 6, 2013 12:54 PM by KPAX/KAJ Media Center

First flu cases confirmed in Flathead County

KALISPELL - The first confirmed flu cases of the season are being reported in Northwest Montana.

Flathead County health officials say that two lab confirmed cases of influenza B, following on the heels of the first reported cases found earlier this week in Gallatin County.

Leslie Diede with the Flathead City-County Health Department advised that a flu shot is the best way to prevent getting the flu, adding that it takes up to two weeks before the vaccine is effective.

Symptoms of the flu include: fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, and, especially in children, stomach symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. People usually become ill one to three days after being infected.

Those at greater risk for serious complications from the flu include people 65 and older, kids younger than five - but especially younger than two years old; people with certain chronic health conditions; and pregnant women.

Click here for more information about the flu in Flathead County.

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