• Student Flu Vaccine

    Posted by Dawn Hicks on 9/28/2017

    Avery County Schools has partnered with the Avery County Health Department to offer flu vaccines to students during school hours.  Permission forms went home at the beginning of the year and are required in order for students to recieve the vaccine  Licensed nurses from ACHD will be in the schools on October 4, 2017 to administer the Flu shot to students.  

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  • Influenza Vaccination Coverage

    Posted by messie harris on 1/10/2013

    Current flu data

    Influenza (the flu) can be a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death.
    • Anyone can get sick from the flu.
    • The severity of flu varies annually
    • Flu illnesses occur in people of all ages, resulting in lost days from work and school and doctor visits
    • An average of 226,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 to 49,000 flu-related deaths occurring each year
    • The first and most important step in protecting against the flu is to get a flu vaccination each season. CDC recommends that everyone ages 6 months and older get a flu vaccination each year
    Flu Shots are available at the Avery County Health Dept, local physician offices, and local pharmacies.
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  • What are the symptoms of the flu?

    Posted by messie harris on 1/9/2013

    Flu symptoms include:

    • A 100oF or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever)
    • A cough and/or sore throat
    • A runny or stuffy nose
    • Headaches and/or body aches
    • Chills
    • Fatigue
    • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children)
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  • Do I have the flu or a cold?

    Posted by messie harris on 1/9/2013
    In general, the flu is worse than the common cold. Symptoms such as fever, body aches, tiredness, and cough are more common and intense with the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose.
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  • When should I seek emergency medical attention?

    Posted by messie harris on 1/9/2013

    Seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of the following:

    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Purple or blue discoloration of the lips
    • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
    • Sudden dizziness
    • Confusion
    • Severe or persistent vomiting
    • Seizures
    • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough
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