Flu cases up in Mesa County

Local hospitals and physicians are reporting an increase in influenza activity, according to the Mesa County Health Department.

Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, body aches, sore throat, watery eyes and a dry cough, according to a press release from the health department. Full recovery can take one to two weeks. Senior citizens and people with certain diseases are at increased risk of developing complications from the flu, including pneumonia, bronchitis and sinus or ear infections.

Seasonal flu vaccinations are available now and take up to two weeks to offer maximum protection. Flu vaccines are available through the health department on a walk-in basis at its 510 29 1/2 Road office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays. Flu vaccines are available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays at the health department’s Fruita office, 215 N. Plum St. Call 248-6900 to schedule an appointment.

Flu vaccinations may be covered by insurance. Otherwise, a flu shot costs $20 at the health department and a nasal flu mist is $25.


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