2014 Flu Season Resources & Vaccine Information
H1N1 Flu Advisory: 2014Flu season has started and there has been a steadily increasing level of flu activity in the last few weeks. Almost all the flu cases being seen locally are from the H1N1 strain that caused the 2009 flu pandemic.
Unlike most flu strains, this strain tends to affect young and middle-aged adults more harshly, including perfectly healthy people. This is especially true for people who have not been vaccinated against the flu.
With all this in mind, we recommend the following:
- Get vaccinated against the flu at your earliest convenience, either in your physician’s office or at a local pharmacy. Flu vaccine is still available!
- If you are a healthy person with mild flu-like illness (low-grade fever and cough but no shortness of breath), stay home until your fever is gone for more than 24 hours. Consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for information about symptoms and home care.
Contact your physician if you have flu-like illness (fever and cough) and any of the following:
- high fever (e.g. greater than 102 degrees),
- shortness of breath,
- fever lasting more than several days, or
- a high-risk condition such as pregnancy, age less than 2 years, or age 65 years and older.