‘Trinity County Continues to See Increasing Influenza Activity’
Trinity County Health & Human Services states, “Trinity County continues to see increasing influenza activity throughout the county. Public Health is still giving flu vaccinations, in an effort to prevent influenza from spreading.
If you have not received a flu vaccine, it is important to do so.”
The following is a press release they’ve issued.
Influenza outbreaks continue throughout communities and schools in Trinity County. There have been concerns regarding the effectiveness of the flu vaccine this year; however here are the facts surrounding the current available flu vaccine:
- It reduces the likelihood of severe illness and death by 36% in adults.
- It reduces the likelihood of severe illness and death in children by 59%.
In a recent Flu Activity report, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that of the more than 80 deaths in children nationwide 75% were unvaccinated against the flu. Trinity County Public Health wants to remind residents that it is not too late to vaccinate, and urges vaccination for all persons aged 6 months and older. Flu vaccination continues to be the best defense against severe illness, and death. Other ways to prevent the spread of influenza, in addition to the flu vaccine, include the three C’s of prevention:
- Cover your cough or sneeze with your hand, elbow, or tissue
- Clean – wash your hands frequently
- Confine – stay at home if sick, limit contact with others that are sick
Flu vaccines can be obtained from health care providers, pharmacies, and your local health department. For more information on flu vaccine and where to get one, call the Trinity County Public Health Department at (530) 623-8209.