SAN BERNARDINO – With the sharp increase of flu reports, the County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health is strongly encouraging residents to get flu shots.
The increase in the last week is calculated to nearly 300%, with cases going from 38 to 150. In addition to the reports, within the last two weeks, there have been three flu-related deaths reported. “These deaths are a reminder that the fly can be serious and sometimes deadly,” said Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare, Health officer. “Flu shots are the most effective protection from the flu and it is not too late to get one.”
Proper hand washing and vaccinations are the best ways to prevent the flu, with the flu vaccine being the best way to protect yourself and those around you from the potentially serious complications resulting from the flu virus. Those going to the hospital emergency rooms for symptoms other than flu symptoms are at an increased risk of getting ill from those who have the flu. The Department of Public Health reminds those sick with the flu to stay home to avoid spreading the illness to others and to cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue that is properly disposed of after. To avoid getting the flu, you should avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Wash your hands often with soap and water, and when those are unavailable, you should use alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Avoiding contact with sick people will additionally help you to avoid getting the flu.
Flu shot clinics are readily available. For more information on where to get a flu shot, contact your medical provider or call the County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health at 1-800-722-4777.
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