Dec 30, 2014 1:31 PM by News Staff
Flu activity is on the rise in Butte County with more than 16 lab confirmed flu cases reported by local healthcare providers, according to the Butte County Public Health Department.
Health officials say, since December 1st, severe flu cases have led to four hospitalizations
in Butte County. The flu vaccine is still available at many pharmacies and clinics. To locate a flu vaccine in your area, go to: http://flushot.healthmap.org.
Flu season typically peaks in January or February and can last as late as May. For millions of people each year, symptoms of flu illness can vary from mild to severe, including: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, and fatigue. Severe flu complications can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Flu viruses are constantly changing from one season to the next. Vaccines released for this year's flu are not as well matched as vaccines in the past, but are still an important step in protecting you and your loved ones and may reduce the severity of flu symptoms.
There are many misconceptions about the safety and effectiveness of the flu vaccine including: healthy people don't need to get vaccinated, the flu shot can give you the flu and it's better to get the flu than the vaccine.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the flu shot for everyone over 6 months of age. The flu vaccine is made of non-infectious components that can't make you sick. Getting the flu after vaccination is still a possibility, but your illness will most likely be mild. Additionally, getting the vaccine has been shown to reduce illness, antibiotic use, time lost from work, hospitalization, and death.
Dr. Lundberg, Butte County Public Health Officer stresses, "Getting the flu vaccine is simple, and it's the most important thing you can do to protect yourself and your family from the flu."
In addition to getting vaccinated, you and your family can help prevent spreading the flu by:
* Avoiding close contact with sick people
* Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze
* Washing your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcoholbased hand sanitizer
* NOT touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
* Staying home from work or school if you have flu like symptoms.
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