By Monica Brown, Tulalip News writer
Snohomish County has had its fourth confirmed death from the flu. A Stanwood man in his 90’s passed away Jan. 8 of influenza. In December there were 3 deaths from the flu, a Bothell woman in her 40’s and an Everett and an Edmonds woman both in their 80’s.
There have been 66 people hospitalized with influenza in the Snohomish County. Those who should be vaccinated are at people with a high risk of developing serious complications like pneumonia if they get sick with the flu; people who have certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease, pregnant women, people 65 years and older.
The Tulalip Health Clinic is offering free flu shots
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri from 9:00 – 11:30 and from 1:15 – 4:00
Also on Weds, 10:00 – 11:30 and from 1:15 – 4:00 pm
Symptoms of the flu are characterized by vomiting, diarrhea, headache, runny nose, sore joints, fatigue, muscle ache, cough, and sore throat. These flu symptoms often show up with 2-3 days after coming in contact with the disease, and can last somewhere between 5 to 14 days, all depending on the strain of the virus and the patients’ ability to fight it off.
WebMD suggests 8 Natural Tips to Help Prevent a Cold and Flu
- Wash your hands, often.
- Use a tissue to cover your sneezes and coughs and not your hands.
- Don’t touch your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Do aerobic exercises regularly, exercise helps to increase the body’s natural virus-killing cells.
- Eat foods containing Phytochemicals, so put away the vitamin pill, and eat dark green, red, and yellow vegetables and fruits.
- Don’t smoke.
- Cut Alcohol Consumption.
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