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Flu Information

Flu activity is increasing.  Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recently reported the first influenza related death of this current flu season. fluvaccine14 Below are some resources and tips for staying healthy during flu season:
  • Get Vaccinated. Visit your primary care physician for the flu vaccine.
  • For Los Angeles County Public Health Centers and other resources for flu vaccines, click here to visit the Flu Locator.
  • Flu Vaccinations are recommended for all persons 6 months of age and over, including healthy children and adults.  It is especially important to get a flu vaccine if you are:
    • 6 months through 18 years of age
    • 50 years of age and older
    • Pregnant or just had a baby
    • Morbidly obese
    • Living in a nursing home or long-term care home
    • Living with a weakened immune system or chronic medical condition (diabetes, heart or lung disease)
    • Living with or caring for someone who is more likely to have flu complications
    • A healthcare provider
  • The CDC recommends some everyday preventative actions.  Click here for details.
    • Try to avoid close contact with sick people
    • If you or your child gets sick with flu-like illness, CDC recomends that you (or your child) stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever reducing medicine.
    • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough and sneeze.  Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
    • Wash your hands with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.  Germs spread this way.
    • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
Information from the CDC: Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - Flu information Flu and You Information from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health - Flu information