Respiratory Disease Information

You can take everyday prevention measures to help reduce the spread of respiratory illnesses. 

Stay Up to Date with Your Respiratory Disease Vaccinations. Vaccines are available at the La Plata County Public Health Department clinic. Call (970) 884-9330 for availability and to make an appointment.

Respiratory disease outbreaks in long term care facilities, child care and schools

This information is for administrators and health professionals working for correctional facilities, residential care facilities, child care and schools.

 

Disease Specific Information
RSV
Respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus, or RSV, is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover in a week or two, but RSV can be serious. Infants and older adults are more likely to develop severe RSV and need hospitalization. If you are age 60 or older, a vaccine is available to protect you from severe RSV. Talk to your healthcare provider to see if it’s right for you. If you are pregnant, you can get an RSV vaccine between 32–36 weeks of pregnancy to protect your infant after birth, or a preventive antibody can be given to your baby after birth.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidance about RSV (opens in a new window)
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment guidance about RSV (opens in a new window)
Influenza (Flu)
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Some people, such as people 65 years and older, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at higher risk of serious flu complications.  There are two main types of influenza (flu) viruses: types A and B. The influenza A and B viruses that routinely spread in people (human influenza viruses) are responsible for seasonal flu epidemics each year. The best way to reduce the risk of flu and its potentially serious complications is by getting vaccinated each year.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidance on influenza (opens in a new window)
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's guidance on influenza (opens in a new window)
COVID-19

COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) is a disease caused by a virus named SARS-CoV-2. It can be very contagious and spreads quickly. Over one million people have died from COVID-19 in the United States. COVID-19 most often causes respiratory symptoms that can feel much like a cold, the flu, or pneumonia. COVID-19 may attack more than your lungs and respiratory system. Other parts of your body may also be affected by the disease. Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms, but some people become severely ill.  Some people including those with minor or no symptoms will develop Post-COVID Conditions – also called “Long COVID.”

  • Free rapid antigen at-home tests are available for free in the La Plata County Public Health Department's lobby while supplies last. 
  • COVID-19 testing may also be available at your local pharmacy or with your primary care physician

Prevent the spread of respiratory illness when your sick by following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines (opens in a new window)

COVID-19 Data Trends

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