Lately, bad luck has been swamping the locals. As it turns out, plenty of influenza cases are reporting in the area, while the season shows a higher rate of this being the average for the same time in years prior. Isn’t that crazy?
In the past, about 195 cases of lab-for-sure influenza cases have been reported… Up to today, really. So seeing a jump from the last five years is truly a remarkable fear.
“San Diegans should get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect themselves and their families,” says Cameron Kaiser, M.D., M.P.H., County deputy public health officer. “Getting a flu shot is especially important given that COVID-19 is still negatively impacting our communities. Influenza and COVID-19 can both be significant respiratory illnesses and we have safe and effective vaccines for both. You can even get a flu and COVID shot at the same time.”
The following people are likely, more than anyone, to get deadly sick from this flu. :
- People with chronic medical conditions like asthma, diabetes and lung disease, even if symptoms are under control
- Pregnant women
- People aged 65 years and older
- People who live with or care for others who are at higher risk
The County Health and Human Services Agency made it known that this influenza is relatively dangerous.
This is a pretty wild circumstance. The implications of which could complicate life for all San Diegans in the area. So what are you going to do about all of this?
So what can you do to make sure that you do not get sick, while we’re also fighting off the residue pandemic?
- Wash hands thoroughly and often
- Use hand sanitizers
- Stay away from sick people
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Clean commonly touched surfaces
- If you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with others