5th Person Dies in San Diego County's Flu Season

22 December, 2017, 01:24 | Author: Nina Hammond
  • Ill boy lying in bed. sad child with fever and ice bag on head

Officials with the city's Department of Public Health said that the woman, whose identity was not released, had underlying medical conditions and had not received a flu vaccine this season. Fortunately, there were no flu deaths reported within the last week, but six people across the state have died since the season started.

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Other tips include washing your hands frequently, staying home when you are sick and avoiding touching your hands to your face.

Dr. Jeffrey D. Howard, acting commissioner of the state Department for Public Health, said there's still time to get a flu shot. "In order to prevent potentially life-threatening complications among the most vulnerable members of our community, including the elderly, pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions, MCMC has chose to stand with a large part of the health care community and require staff to get the flu vaccine or wear a mask". "His death is a reminder of how serious the flu can be, especially among vulnerable populations", said DPH director Karyl Rattay, MD, MS.

They are available at most pharmacies and health care providers. "I certainly wouldn't put others at risk", that individual said. That's the way health officials measure the severity of flu season.

"They've had it since, like, three months ago", Perez said.

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Symptoms of influenza can include a fever of more than 38 C (100.4 F), dry cough, chills, headache, muscle ache, loss of appetite, sore throat and runny nose, and in younger children, nausea and vomiting.

Children may experience nausea and vomiting.

The increase has prompted DPHHS to encourage people to take precautions to protect themselves as they travel over the Christmas holiday.

Eat well and drink lots of fluids, such as water, soup and caffeine-free drinks.

Burton has been in nursing since 1989; and has worked in infection prevention for the past seven and a half years.

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