Health Department urges caution to prevent flu

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Department of Health is urging state residents to take common-sense steps to prevent becoming ill with influenza or spreading it to others.

Reggie McClinton is surveillance epidemiologist with health department. He says influenza activity has increased across the state in recent weeks with the highest levels appearing in Campbell County.

State epidemiologist Dr. Tracy Murphy says people can take steps to slow or prevent the spread of influenza.

Murphy urges people to cover their mouth and nose with a sleeve or a tissue when they sneeze or cough. He also says people should wash their hands frequently and stay home when they're sick.

Murphy says the flu season hasn't peaked yet so it's still a good time for people to get flu vaccinations.

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