Influenza Spreading Through Western ND | VideoEvan Kruegel | 1/3/2013
More than eight percent of reported flu cases statewide have been reported in Williams and McKenzie counties, where less than five percent of the state`s population resides. Kemp says that could be attributed to the confined areas many people are living in. "If it gets into a man camp, because they are living in tighter quarters, I think it would tend to spread more readily."
He says the stressful jobs in the region could also be playing in to the large amount of cases. "It sure can. I think if you`re tired and worn out your immune system isn`t as effective and then you pick things up more easily."
Employees at White Drug pharmacy have given more than 350 flu shots this year, and they say it`s the easiest way to fight the virus. It`s quick, it’s easy, and it`s really quite pain free. If you haven`t had a shot and you`re living in close quarters, Kemp says you need to be especially careful. "In essence, isolate yourself. Stay in your room, maybe eat in your room."
His best advice? Go get a shot. It takes 15 minutes, and could save you a few weeks in bed.