Public Health Message – Increase in Flu Activity
Snohomish County recently reported its first death from the flu this season, an elderly women from Marysville. Hospitalizations from flu related illnesses are also starting to increase in Snohomish County. It is not too late to get a flu shot to protect yourself and loves ones from this potentially life threatening illness. Flu season tends to peak between now and March.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness. At times, it can lead to death. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine.
All Native Americans are considered HIGH risk for developing complications from the flu.
Protect Not Only Yourself but Also Your Loved Ones
Pneumonia and flu are a leading cause of death among Native elders. The flu can cause certain health conditions, including diabetes, asthma, and heart and lung disease, to become worse. Pneumonia and bronchitis are examples of serious flu-related complications, which can result in hospitalization and sometimes even death.
Signs And Symtoms fo The Flu
People sick with the flu can feel some or all of these symptoms:
- Fever* or feeling feverish/ chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (very tired)
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
*Not everyone with the flu will have a fever. You can be sick and contagious without running a temperature.
Help Prevent the Spread of Flu
- Get a flu vaccine each year.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Wash your hands often
- Take antiviral drugs if they are prescribed for you.
- If you’re sick, stay home
Flu shots are available and are FREE for all Tribal Members and those with HMA Insurance
Please call the KIF Health Clinic at 360-716-4511 to schedule your flu shot. For more information call the Community Health Department at 360-716-5662.