County officials announce first flu death of the season

Henrietta Strickland
December 2, 2018

Those who would like a flu shot can walk in to Siskiyou County Public Health, 810 S. Main Street in Yreka, from 4 p.m. -6:30 p.m.

Clover's focus on reducing the number of seniors who catch the flu stems from the company's commitment to preventative healthcare, leveraging data and its technology platform to proactively address potential illnesses before they become serious.

So, don't forget your flu shot. There are also free and low-priced options for under- and uninsured children and pregnant women.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reminding everyone that it is not too late to get your influenza vaccine. "Requiring health care co-workers to be vaccinated for the flu is a best practice across the U.S.to ensure the safety of patients, co-workers, and community members". Hundreds of millions of Americans have safely received flu vaccines for the past 50 years. She encourages frequent handwashing and good respiratory etiquette. Also, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and wash your hands often and thoroughly.

Other habits that can help you stay healthy year round include getting plenty of exercise and sleep, managing your stress, drinking water and eating nutritious foods. "That keeps it from infecting others in the community". If experienced at all, these effects are usually very mild and last a couple of days. Which made us wonder: What is an acceptable reason to not get the flu shot, considering it's still the best option we have to prevent the spread of and complications from the flu?

Medical officials say that you should make it a priority to get vaccinated.

Ms. Payne said CHC is in the process of reviewing its visitation policy. There are now no visitation restrictions in place, but she said they closely monitor local and statewide flu activity to determine whether to impose them.

Results from the December Health Flu Shot Monitor, released Friday by health insurance company Clover Health compiled flu shot data November 19 to November 29 for people 60 and older.

Flu season typically runs from October through May and frequently peaks in February.

Last year Georgia experienced one of the worst flu seasons in recent history.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Gregor Smith said: "As we approach Christmas, it's vital that people are aware of the steps they can take to protect themselves against flu".

State health department officials report four flu-related deaths so far for the year, beginning September 30.

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