Flu season is winding down, with few positive tests anymore. It officially started in northern Idaho Dec. 23, 2013. There were two flu-related deaths in the five northern counties. The virus that circulated was H1N1.
Here is some helpful information to help you prepare for next year:
- H1N1 Frequently Asked Questions
- How to Care For Yourself and Family at Home
- No Excuses! Get Vaccinated
Panhandle Health District offers seasonal flu vaccine for children and adults each fall. PHD offices in each county schedule flu clinics and provide flu shots at various sites in their communities. Everyone age 6 months and older is recommended to get vaccinated against the flu each year for the best protection.
A new high dose flu vaccine for people older than 64 is now available. It's four times stronger than the regular vaccine and designed to "kick-start" the senior immune system.
Flu is a respiratory illness. Symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue and, sometimes, a cough and sore throat. It is caused by a virus that spreads easily from person to person. In the United States, 36,000 people die from the flu and flu-related illnesses every year. Another 200,000 people require hospital care. The flu takes its greatest toll on children younger than 5 and seniors.
For good information on the seasonal flu, visit these sites: