County Health Dept. Offers Advice on Colds and Flu

December 12, 2003
The following are announcements from the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services.

Announcement #1:

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services has announced that it will not be holding any more family flu clinics. The department said there is no more vaccine available and, at this time, most private providers are also out of vaccine. The department said that, although vaccine availability changes daily, there are no local providers with flu shots, at this time. The department said that "FluMist" is still available for healthy 5 to 49 year olds, and individuals should should check with private providers or clinics about appropriate prescriptions. (A website is available on the "FluMist" at for other providers.) The Immunization intake line at 240-777-1050 will be updated as new information is available.

Announcement #2:

Tips on Ways to Avoid Getting and Spreading Colds and the Flu

* Wash hands frequently--always before eating and after using the rest room.

* Keep hands away from your face and mouth

* Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.

* Maintain a healthy lifestyle to build your immune system.

* Eat balanced meals, including plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.

* Drink lots of water.

* Get plenty of rest.

* Avoid prolonged contact with individuals showing possible symptoms of colds or flu.

If you get a cold or the flu:

* Stay home when you are ill, keep children at home when they are sick.

* Contact your health care provider if cold or flu symptoms persist or are severe.

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