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Flu Activity Expected to Increase in Lake County

An important message from the County of Lake’s Health Services Department.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 6, 2019

Flu activity in Lake County is expected to increase in coming weeks. Lake County Interim Public Health Officer, Dr. Erin Gustafson said, “Flu is circulating at elevated levels throughout California, and it’s not too late to get a flu shot.” The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently announced that influenza activity is widespread and increasing throughout California.  Influenza has already claimed the lives of two children so far this season (Stanislaus and Riverside Counties). These tragedies serve as a reminder that influenza can be deadly. Last year, 8 in 10 children who died from flu complications were unvaccinated. To limit illnesses and deaths attributed to influenza, CDPH recommends that everyone six months of age and older, including pregnant women, receive influenza vaccine every year.  Children 6 months through eight years of age who have received fewer than two doses of influenza vaccine will typically need two doses this season spaced at least 4 weeks apart. Influenza activity usually peaks in January and February but continues to spread through the spring. With most of the flu season still to come, it’s not too late to get vaccinated!

Since September 30, 2018, there have been 151 deaths and 28 outbreaks statewide, according to the Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses Weekly Report from the Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses Weekly Report California Influenza Surveillance, Program, for the week of January 20, 2019 – January 26, 2019. Flu activity remains elevated in California, based on laboratory surveillance indicators.

Symptoms of the flu can include a fever, headache, fatigue, cough, nasal congestion, sore throat and body aches. Flu activity usually peaks between December and February each year, but can last until May.

This year’s flu shot is expected to be about 20 percent effective, according to tests by Rice University bioengineer Dr. Michael Deem. That means that among those who are vaccinated, 20 percent fewer will get the flu compared to those who are not vaccinated.  While 20 percent might not sound like much, that’s still enough to prevent 5.3 million infections and 85,000 flu-related hospitalizations nationwide, according to CDC estimates. Doctors’ offices, pharmacies, Lake County’s local health departments and even many grocery stores all offer flu shots. The vaccine is recommended for everyone over the age of six months. Those at the highest risk of getting the flu – and of having complications if they do get it — are young children, pregnant women, people over the age of 65, and those with chronic health conditions.

Though most people recover from the flu in 1-2 weeks, it can lead to further complications such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and sinus and ear infections.

Please see the Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses Weekly Report:

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH Document Library/Immunization/Week2018-1901_FINALReport.pdf

Lake County Public Health is offering seasonal flu vaccines for $2.00.  
Scheduled clinics for the seasonal flu vaccines are as follows while supplies last:

Lakeport
For the month of February we will be offering flu vaccines on:
Tuesdays from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Public Health Division, 922 Bevins Court in Lakeport.  
Appointments are required.  Please call 707-263-1090 or 800-794-9291 to schedule.

For the month of February we will also be offering flu vaccines on:
Thursdays from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Public Health Division, 922 Bevins Court in Lakeport.  
Walk-ins accepted.  Please call 707-263-1090 or 800-794-9291 for more information.