Jan. 8, 2014

 

Influenza Information for 2014

 

Skagit Regional Health encourages everyone over six months of age to get a flu shot every year. It is especially important for the following individuals:

  • Caregivers of infants less than 6 months of age
  • People 65 and older
  • People living with chronic health conditions
  • Pregnant women
  • Care providers of all high risk individuals

 

Flu symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Congestion

 

Important Reminders about Flu and Flu-like Illnesses:

  • You are most contagious a day or two prior to developing flu-like illness symptoms and for up to a week following onset.
  • Washing hands or using hand sanitizer frequently and properly is the most effective way to prevent the spread of germs.
  • If you have a cough, cover your cough with your forearm or elbow to reduce the spread of germs to other people.  If you wipe your nose or mouth with a tissue, always follow by washing your hands.
  • Stay home from work, school, church and outside activities when you have flu-like symptoms.  Being around other while you are contagious will spread germs to others, including babies, pregnant women and people with chronic illnesses or the elderly.  Do not visit the hospital if you have flu-like symptoms.  If you must visit the hospital to receive care services, please use the masks and hand gel available at each of our hospital’s entrances.
  • Get your flu shot every year to prevent influenza.
  • Flu shots are available by contacting your primary care provider’s office or visiting the Skagit County Health Department which offers Walk-in Flu Clinics on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.