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Sublette Examiner
Volume 3, Number 37 - December 11, 2003
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Avoid the flu bugs
By Annie Sondgeroth - Sublette County Public Health Nurse

The nation's supply of influenza vaccine is almost depleted. The Sublette County Public Health agency is also out of vaccine, (except for those children needing their boosters).

However, if you were unable to get a flu shot there are other ways to protect yourself against the flu.

Wash your hands often. The flu virus can be passed through coughing, sneezing and touching surfaces such as doorknobs and telephones. Touching your nose, mouth and eyes with contaminated hands may allow the flu virus to enter your body. Washing your hands in warm, soapy water for about 20 seconds can prevent spreading the flu and picking it up from someone else.

Limit exposure to those infected with the flu. You won't always know if someone has the flu; in many cases they won't know themselves until they have symptoms. Avoid those who are ill, and if you're ill, stay home away from crowds.

Cover your cough. Flu can be spread by coughs and sneezes. Everyone, whether ill or not, should cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing, and use a disposable tissue to be thrown away immediately, followed by hand washing.

Practice healthy habits. Help your immune system fight flu and cold germs - eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep and exercise.

Thomas, Logan to visit Pinedale

Senator Craig Thomas will be in Pinedale at Pinedale Town Hall on Monday, Dec.15, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. He will be here to answer any questions Sublette County residents have.

Also, Wyoming State Veterinarian, Dr. Jim Logan hold a community meeting in Pinedale the same evening, Dec.15, at 7 at the Pinedale Entertainment Center. Logan will be discussing information on the recent brucellosis issue, and will be joined by Senator Thomas and Governor Dave Freudenthal.

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