Public Health Flu Hotline to Answer Flu Questions

Pueblo City-County Health Department Opens
Public Health Flu Hotline to Answer Flu Questions

Pueblo, October 6, 2009-The Pueblo City-County Health Department set up a Public Health Flu Hotline to run through the flu season. The 2009 H1N1 flu season is showing its presence in Pueblo County and the Pueblo City-County Health Department is doing its best to be prepared, especially in assisting the public with questions regarding flu and other health related concerns, as well as caring for themselves and loved ones at home.

“The Public Health Flu Hotline is available to help answer questions, describe flu symptoms and relieve the incoming phone calls to doctor’s offices and hospitals,” stated Dr. Christine Nevin-Woods, public health director at the Pueblo City-County Health Department. This service is for generally healthy individuals who are able to stay home and take care of themselves. For most people the 2009 H1N1 flu is an unpleasant illness, similar to seasonal flu, but an illness they can weather at home with rest, fluids and over-the-counter fever medications. The emergency room or a trip to the doctor is recommended for individuals who are very ill or are at high risk for complications.

The phone bank is scheduled to begin October 7, 2009 and continue through the end of the flu season; this could be as long as March of next year. 

The phone number is 583-4440 and is staffed 10:00 am through 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.