During January, four Tulare County women all under the age of 65 died from influenza.
“It is with great regret that I am informing the community of deaths from influenza,” stated Dr. Karen Haught, Tulare County Health Officer. “The flu can have serious, life-threatening effects, including death; community members should get their vaccination as soon as possible.”
To prevent contraction or spread of the flu, county health officials advise:
—Get vaccinated every year.
—Good hand washing is very important; wash your hands often with soap and water.
—Avoid contact with sick individuals.
—If you experience flu-like symptoms, stay home for 24 to 48 hours after symptoms resolve, unless seeking medical care.
—Use medications as instructed.
—Use a tissue to cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing; avoid using your hands, but if you do, immediately wash or use antibacterial cleanser to help prevent germs from spreading.
—Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Influenza symptoms include fever, cough, muscle aches, sore throat, chills, and a headache. If you have symptoms of influenza, contact a health care provider promptly to find out if antiviral treatment is needed.
Seek emergency medical care if there are signs of serious illness, such as prolonged fever, difficulty breathing, confusion or dizziness, vomiting, or abdominal pain.
Anyone whose symptoms improve but return with a fever or worse cough should seek medical care immediately.