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Black Hawk County Health Department says it’s time to take action against the flu

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) - Over the past six months, health has become a major priority. With flu season upon us, the Black Hawk County Health Department is urging folks to be proactive.

With the COVID overlapping with flu season, Black Hawk County Health Director, Dr. Nafissa Egbuonye, said it's crucial to take precautions seriously.

"Flu can also have pretty devastating health consequences, so we ask the community to go and get your flu vaccine especially right now," Egbuonye said.

On top of getting the flu shot, the health department also urges folks to perform the 'three c's'.

WHAT ARE THE THREE C'S:

  • covering your cough with your arm
  • cleaning your hands under warm water for 20 seconds
  • containment; if you feel sick use your better judgment to stay home

Although juggling COVID and the flu may seem overwhelming, Dr. Egbuonye told "KWWL" normalizing the use of face masks can actually cause positive effects to this flu season.

"This is one thing that is very similar to COVID, the preventative measures and so always practice the 'three C's'," Egbuonye said, "now we have masks so people can wear masks to cover those coughs."

Black Hawk County Health Department has not seen any active flu cases yet, but they typically see it peak in December. Therefore, they are asking everyone to stay alert, because you don't how many lives you could save by simply being careful.

For further questions about preventative measures against the flu, call your health care provider or call your local health department.

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Alaina Kwan

Morning Reporter

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