Flu case confirmed in Mesa County

A Mesa County resident has been hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza, the Mesa County Health Department said.

The individual has a history of out-of-state travel during the exposure period, the department noted.

The case is the first confirmed influenza case in Colorado this year and serves as an important reminder that it is time to receive an annual flu vaccine, the health department said. 

Influenza begins abruptly with fever, chills, and body aches.  It is also characterized by a dry hacking cough, sore throat, and watery eyes.

Although influenza is a respiratory infection, the whole body can be affected.  On average, people who get the flu spend two days in bed and have another four days of restricted activity, including time away from work.  Most recover in 1 to 2 weeks.

The Mesa County Health Department is offering seasonal flu shots on a walk-in basis at the Grand Junction office, 510 29 ½ Road on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.and on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and at the Fruita office, 215 N. Plum St., on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Appointments are available by calling 248-6900.

The Health Department is offering the injection vaccine for $15 and the nasal mist for $20.


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