Monday, January 6, 2014
Last Friday, 3 days ago, I sent out a flu update talking about the rapid increase in flu activity around the country. 15 states were reporting high activity, and 25 states widespread activity. California was spared from both categories.
Over the weekend, more information about our local situation shows we are most likely on the cusp of a dramatic increase in local flu activity, probably due to travel by locals and visitors:
School opens today!
Given this current situation, I want to emphasize the importance of doing the right thing for yourself, your family, and your community:
- It’s not too late to get a flu shot if you have not already done so. Check with your healthcare provider’s office, your pharmacy, or the health department.
- If you know someone is sick, make the choice not to be around them if possible!
- Stay home from work or school if you are sick. If you are a manager or supervisor, create a policy, and enforce it! Provide paid sick leave if possible.
- Cover your cough with your elbow or sleeve.
- Wash your hands frequently.
Our goal is to prevent large scale illness (especially in our work places and schools), hospitalizations, and deaths in our community. We hope to blunt the impact of influenza in our community, so that we can all recover and be healthy and enjoy the outdoors when it finally snows!