COVID 19 INFORMATION FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY 2021 Thank you for your actions to help prevent further spread of the virus. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to St Albans District Director, Erin Creley at email@example.com or (802) 355-8030. Due to medical privacy laws, we are not able to release the names of people with COVID-19 or any more specific information about cases than what is provided in this letter. Vermont Department of Health
Time to Get Your Flu Shot! It’s more important than ever to get your flu shot this year ─ when both flu viruses and the new coronavirus may be spreading at the same time. There are many more unknowns this year, like how common it would be to get the coronavirus and the flu, or if having the flu makes you more susceptible to getting COVID-19. We also don’t know whether a surge in cases of COVID-19 and the flu could happen at the same time — overwhelming our health care system and putting people at risk. There is no shortage of flu vaccine this year. Many health care providers and pharmacies have doses available, and if they don’t yet, they will soon.
Who should get a flu shot? Anyone over 6 months old, with rare exceptions. And it’s especially important for anyone in a high-risk group or who has underlying health conditions. Where can I get my flu shot? Through your provider, your local pharmacy, or look for a clinic near you. If you don’t have insurance, reach out to your local health office. Find a flu shot at healthvermont.gov/flu.
Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) was recently detected and confirmed by the Vermont Department of Health in a pool trap in the Town of Swanton on September 14, 2015. Previously, it was confirmed by the same department in two horses, one three years ago in a neighboring town and two years ago in Swanton. Swanton is considered high risk. The virus is spread by mosquitoes. Residents are advised to stay indoors after dark during the warm months to avoid contact with mosquitoes that may be carrying the virus.Please take all precautions to keep yourselves and your families safe. For additional information on EEE, please read below.
Eastern Equine Encephalitis Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) is a rare but serious disease caused by a virus. As of the beginning of September 2012, two fatal human cases of EEE in Vermont have been confirmed. The disease most commonly affects people and horses but illness has been reported in other animals including alpacas, llamas, donkeys, pheasants and emus.
Need more information? Call the Vermont Health Department's West Nile virus/EEE information line: 1-800-913-1139 • Monday through Friday • 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.