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Public Health Urges Flu Vaccination – It’s Not Too Late to Vaccinate

TRINITY COUNTY -  Influenza outbreaks continue throughout communities and schools in Trinity County. There have been concerns regarding the effectiveness of the flu vaccine this year; however here are the facts surrounding the current available flu vaccine:

  • It reduces the likelihood of severe illness and death by 36% in adults.
  • It reduces the likelihood of severe illness and death in children by 59%.

In a recent Flu Activity report, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that of the more than 80 deaths in children nationwide 75% were unvaccinated against the flu.. Trinity County Public Health wants to remind residents that it is not too late to vaccinate, and urges vaccination for all persons aged 6 months and older. Flu vaccination continues to be the best defense against severe illness, and death. Other ways to prevent the spread of influenza, in addition to the flu vaccine, include the three C’s of prevention:

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your hand, elbow, or tissue
  • Clean - wash your hands frequently
  • Confine – stay at home if sick, limit contact with others that are sick

Flu vaccines can be obtained from health care providers, pharmacies, and your local health department. For more information on flu vaccine and where to get one, call the Trinity County Public Health Department at (530) 623-8209.

Antiviral Medications for Flu Treatment

If you do become ill with the flu and think you are at risk for serious complications, talk to your doctor about getting a prescription for antiviral medications. These prescription drugs improve quality of life when you are sick by:

  • Reducing the severity of the flu
  • Reducing the length of illness
  • Minimizing risk of serious complications

Antiviral drugs are not a substitute for the flu vaccine and will not prevent the flu. While the antivirals are most effective if started within 2 days of getting sick, benefits have still been noted when treatment was initiated 3 or more days after the onset of illness.

Please see the CDC's webpage for more information: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/antivirals/whatyoushould.htm

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Other suggestions for keeping yourself and your family well during Influenza season include:

Avoid going to school or work if you are ill to help prevent the spread of disease.

If you become ill, talk to your provider about influenza antiviral agents

  • COVER that cough or sneeze.
  • Eating a well-balanced nutritious diet.
  • Getting adequate rest.
  • Frequent hand washing, especially when there is an ill person in the household.
  • If you are particularly susceptible to infection avoid being around others who are sick.
  • Regular exercise can help reduce stress and improve your ability to fight off the flu.
  • Influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months. Pregnant women, persons with diabetes, immune compromised or respiratory/cardiac problems, and persons over 60 are at high risk

For more information and questions please contact the Public Health Department at (530) 623-8209 or 1-800-766-6147.  
 

To find out where you can get vaccinated, call Public Health at (530) 623-8209 or use the Flu Vaccine Finder below:

 

More information available at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at:

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