Flu season is ramping up fast!
H1N1 is still circulating and hitting people hard this year. For the latest in Oregon flu activity, read FluBites.
The 2013-14 flu season is ramping up hard and fast. The seasonal H1N1 strain is striking many people, including healthy children and young adults. Hospitals in Oregon are reporting an increase in flu hospitalizations. The best defense against influenza is vaccination.
It’s not too late to get a flu shot.
It’s particularly important for children aged 6 months and older, pregnant women, people with chronic medical conditions and health care workers to be immunized against the flu.
Flu vaccine is available from health care providers, local health departments, and many pharmacies (for people 11 and older). Some pharmacies can also immunize children under 11 with a prescription.
To locate a flu vaccine near you, visit flu.oregon.gov to use our flu vaccine locator, or call 211 (toll free).
Tips for staying healthy
In addition to vaccination, these preventive measures can help stop flu and other diseases from circulating:
- Cover your cough and sneeze.
- Wash your hands often. Use soap and warm water.
- Stay home when you’re sick. Protect others at school and work by staying home at least 24-hours after your fever (100+ degrees) subsides (subsides without fever reducing medicines).
- Take antiviral medications if prescribed.
- Clean surfaces. Flu germs can live for hours on hard surfaces. Make sure your home and workspace are wiped down frequently, especially where children are playing.
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Influenza surveillance data in Oregon
OHA's Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention program tracks influenza incidence in Oregon.