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Influenza (Flu) Facts:
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Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly.

People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms such as Fever* or feeling feverish/chills, Cough, Sore throat, Runny or stuffy nose, Muscle or body aches, Headaches, Fatigue (tiredness), and Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu.

Get Vaccinated!(CDC) Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season.

Treatment Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care.

Local Health Observances

March 2017 is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month!

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Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about how men and women can protect themselves from colon cancer. Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum. Colon cancer affects men and women of all racial and ethnic groups, and is most often found in people 50 years or older. However incidence in those younger than 50 is on the rise. This disease takes the lives of more than 50,000 people every year; we’re here to combat these statistics and educate people about how to prevent this disease.

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. This year, more than 135,000 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and more than 50,200 will die of the disease.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month is sponsored by the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

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