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Regional Flu News & Information

Western NV Regional Influenza Report – MMWR Week 01 (Dec -31 to Jan 6)

Western NV Regional Influenza Report – MMWR Week 02 (Jan 7 to Jan 13)

Western NV Regional Influenza Report – MMWR Week 03 (Jan 13 to Jan 20)

Western NV Regional Influenza Report – MMWR Week 04 (Jan 21 to Jan 27)

Western NV Regional Influenza Report – MMWR Week 05 (Jan 28 to Feb 03)

Western NV Regional Influenza Report – MMWR Week 06 (Feb 04 to Feb 10)

Western NV Regional Influenza Report – MMWR Week 07 (Feb 11 to Feb 17)

Western NV Regional Influenza Report – MMWR Week 08 (Feb 18 to Feb 24)

Western NV Regional Influenza Report – MMWR Week 09 (Feb 25 to Mar 03)

Western NV Regional Influenza Report – MMWR Week 10 (Mar 04 to Mar 10)

Western NV Regional Influenza Report – MMWR Week 11 (Mar 11 to Mar 17)

Western NV Regional Influenza Report – MMWR Week 12 (Mar 18 to Mar 24)

Western NV Regional Influenza Report – MMWR Week 13 (Mar 25 to Mar 31)

January 4, 2018 CCHHS Press Release – Regional Increase in Flu Reported

What is Influenza (Flu)?

The flu is a contagious, respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus.  It affects the nose, throat, and lungs.  Symptoms can be mild to fatal.

What are the symptoms of the flu?

If you believe you have the flu, contact your healthcare provider. Symptoms include:

  • Fever – not everyone will get a fever with the flu
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose/congestion
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Vomiting/diarrhea – more common in children

How does the flu spread?

It is believed that the flu spreads through respiratory droplets when someone sneezes, coughs, or spits and somebody breathes in the droplets. It can also spread by touching an infected surface.  It can spread 1 day before a person notices their symptoms and 5 to 7 days after a persons symptoms end. A person’s symptoms can occur 1-4 days after they catch the virus.  The flu is more common in the colder months, typically from October-April.

What are complications associated with the flu?

  • Bacterial pneumonia
  • Ear infections
  • Sinus infections
  • Dehydration

More serious complications include:

  • Heart failure
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Death

Who is at risk for the flu?

Anybody can catch the flu, even if they are healthy.  People who are especially at high-risk include:

  • Adults over 65
  • People with chronic medical conditions
  • Pregnant women
  • Young children

How is the flu diagnosed?

It is difficult to diagnose the flu, because it can resemble other respiratory illnesses. A doctor can usually diagnose the flu based on symptoms, but a flu test may be necessary in some cases. Flu tests normally diagnose in about 30 minutes, but they are not always very accurate.

How is the flu treated?

The flu is primarily treated through antiviral drugs. Antiviral drugs are prescriptions that may include pills or liquid medicines. If you believe you have the flu, contact your healthcare provider for the best treatment options.

How can I prevent the flu?

The best way to prevent the flu is to get a seasonal flu vaccine. Avoid contact with a sick person, and do not go to work or school if you have the flu.

For immunization schedules, visit http://gethealthycarsoncity.org/immunizations/.

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FluView National Flu Activity Map


For more information regarding Influenza (flu) please visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm.

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