UPDATED Posted October 28
At least one person died of influenza in the region this year
Washington State health officials report that a Pierce County man died on Monday, October 22, after suffering from an illness Flu-Related Complications
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FOR YOUR HEALTH: Flu Escalation Alert
Oregon Health Authority authorities are pushing anyone six months or older to get immunized against the flu.
Beginning of influenza season approaches, health officials urge families to schedule appointments for flu vaccines. The vaccinations are recommended for anyone over 6 months
What's going on?
The flu vaccine may take up to two weeks to become effective Disease and vaccine experts say. While it's difficult to know exactly how bad the flu season will be this year, OHA doctors say a flu shot is the best way to prepare for it, whatever it looks like.
"They are the best protection against the flu we have," said OHA Public Health Doctor Ann. "We can all do our part to keep the flu numbers low by getting a flu shot before the Season becomes really tough. "
Influenza vaccine is available from healthcare providers, local health departments and many pharmacies.The vaccine is free or with most health insurance cost. To find a flu vaccine clinic, visit http://www.flu.oregon.com. gov / and use the Flu Influenza Locator Tool from OHA
What is Influenza
Influenza is a virus that is mild to severe respiratory disease. In severe cases it can be used to hospitalization and even to The virus kills thousands of people in the United States every year People at higher risk of serious illness are children, adults over 65, Pregnant and those with chronic diseases or a weak immune system. Oregon had two flu-related child deaths during the 201
Data from the Oregon Immunization Program for the 2017-2018 flu season show that flu injections are lagging behind in some groups. Officials fear that Latinos of all ages and African American seniors may be left unprotected if the flu vaccine among the two groups does not increase. Latinos typically have high childhood vaccination rates, but only 39 percent of Latinos received a flu vaccine. African-American seniors had a vaccination rate of 61 percent compared to 73 percent for white seniors.
"It is not clear why flu vaccination rates are lower for these two groups," said Aaron Dunn, head of the OHA immunization program. "We want to raise awareness and hope that our health partners will help us reach out to these groups to make sure everyone has the opportunity to get a flu vaccine."
Public health officials are also encouraging healthcare workers to vaccinate flu. Immunized health care workers help prevent the spread of influenza in health facilities, especially in high-risk hospital patients with flu complications, such as the elderly, very young and those with some chronic conditions. Oregon Health Care Worker's 2016-2017 flu vaccine data are available on the OHA website at https://apps.state.or.us/Forms/Served/le8628.pdf.
. The Oregon Health Authority reported the deaths of two children in the state due to flu complications last season. (19659003) Emergency warning signs
- Quick breathing or difficulty breathing
- Bluish skin color
- Do not drink enough fluid
- Do not wake up or do not interact
- Be so irritable that the child is not
- Flu-like symptoms improve, but return with fever and worse coughing
- Fever with rash
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
- Sudden Dizziness
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Flu-like symptoms that improve, but then recur with fever and worse cough
- 19659027] Receive immediate medical help in addition to the above signs for each child who has one of these signs:
- Unable to eat
- Shortness of breath
- Has no tears crying
- Significantly less wet diapers than normal
More ways people can help prevent the flu:
- Stay home from work or work School if you are ill and limit your contact with others.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the cloth out when you're done.
- Wash hands with soap and water. Use alcoholic hand rubbing if soap and water are not available.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may contain influenza germs.
- Avoid coughing and sneezing
Watch a short video about the flu and vaccine at https://youtu.be/So1W4pNJ8OM and read more about the flu on newsguard.com.