Influenza has arrived to Huron County.
The Huron County Health Unit has been notified of the first laboratory-confirmed case of the virus for the 2018-19 flu season.
Health officials remind you free flu shots are still available at many pharmacies and healthcare provider offices across the region.
Flu is a highly contagious viral infection of the nose, throat, and lungs.
It causes sudden fever, sore throat, chills, dry cough, headache, muscle aches, and fatigue.
Most people who get the flu are sick for two to seven days, but can feel tired and weak for up to two weeks. In some cases, the cough can also last for weeks.
Influenza is especially dangerous for infants and senior citizens.
To avoid contracting the flu, it is recommended you wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and hot water, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm, stay home if you’re sick, frequently clean commonly touched surfaces such as keyboards, doorknobs, and countertops, and get your flu shot.