Jan 23, 2015 4:06 PM
BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Lab-confirmed cases of the flu in Butte County continue to be reported as widespread flu activity grows across the U.S in 46 states. Local health officials anticipate the 2015 flu season to be severe and we have not reached our peak for flu activity. The Butte County Public Health Department says this year's flu vaccines are still beneficial since vaccination reduces your risk of illness, hospitalization, and death. Even during a season when the vaccine is only partially effective against one flu virus, getting vaccinated can still reduce the severity of flu symptoms.
A free flu vaccination clinic will be offered by the Butte County Public Health Department (BCPHD) on Tuesday, January 27, from 2:00-4:00 pm at 202 Mira Loma Drive in Oroville. No appointments are necessary. Vaccines are available for people 6 months of age and older, including pregnant women. Both the flu shot and nasal spray vaccine (FluMist) will be available.
Those who have flu like symptoms should contact their health care provider right away. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue. If you are sick, stay home from work or school until your illness is over. Likewise, keep sick children home from school according to the school's sick child policy (typically for 24 hours after your child no longer has symptoms, especially a fever).