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Preventing Illness During the Holidays
Public Health



Holidays 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 flu vaccination.

“In 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.”

Flu 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.

Each 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.

To 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


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