bring families and friends together for celebration. Unfortunately, the
holidays can also result in transporting illnesses to travelers and loved ones.
Don’t let the holidays be dampened by illness! The Public Health Division of
the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency recommends taking time now
to get vaccinated against influenza. Those who missed Public Health’s community
flu vaccination clinics can still see their healthcare provider or a local pharmacy
that offers vaccinations, or schedule an appointment with Public Health for a
addition to getting a flu vaccination, it’s always important to take preventive
actions to stop the spread of germs,” said Dr. Nancy Williams, El Dorado County
Public Health Officer. “Preventive actions include frequent hand-washing with
soap and warm water, avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; cleaning and
disinfecting surfaces and objects, and covering your coughs and sneezes with
tissues or coughing/sneezing into your elbow. If you get sick, keep your
distance from loved ones and stay home from work to protect others from
becoming ill; take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.”
symptoms typically include cough, sore throat, and a runny or stuffy nose
similar to the common cold. Flu symptoms are generally worse, however, and can
include fever, body aches, extreme tiredness and dry cough. Sometimes flu can
also result in hospitalization or death. To date, influenza activity in
California and El Dorado County remains low, but is likely to increase between
now and February.
season’s flu vaccine contains the virus strains most likely to be encountered in
the current flu season. This season’s flu vaccine is thought to be a good match
with the strains detected so far, according to Dr. Williams. The flu vaccine is
recommended for everyone 6 months of age or older, including pregnant women. The
flu vaccine provides protection within two weeks after receiving it.
schedule an appointment for a flu vaccination with Public Health, call (530)
621-6100 in Placerville or (530) 573-3155 in South Lake Tahoe. For more
information about how to fight the flu, visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/preventing.htm.
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