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Posted by: thepinetree on 01/11/2018 09:45 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 01/11/2018 09:45 AM
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Influenza Cases are Increasing in California Health Officials Encourage Californians to Get Vaccinated ~ Dean Kelaita, M.D.

San Andreas, CA...Calaveras County Public Health Division is monitoring influenza activity throughout our community. Though activity in Calaveras County has not yet increased, activity in California is widespread and at levels usually seen at the peak of the influenza season. Health officials encourage Californians to get vaccinated.




“With the increase in influenza impacting many communities across the entire state, it is important to get a flu shot now if you have not done so already,” said Calaveras County Public Health Officer Dean Kelaita. “Although influenza season usually peaks between December and February, flu activity can occur as late as May, which means it is not too late to get vaccinated.” It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body to respond fully. Vaccine effectiveness does vary for the different strains and year by year. Data will be available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in February about vaccine effectiveness.

“Vaccination will prevent infection in a large number of cases. If disease does occur after vaccination, the vaccine can reduce the severity of flu symptoms,” said Dr. Kelaita. "Getting the flu shot is still the best way to protect yourself and others from flu.” Some people are at high risk for serious flu-related complications that can lead to hospitalization and even death including:
 Pregnant women
 Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
 People 65 years of age and older
 People who have certain medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease.

For those at high risk of serious flu complications, getting vaccinated is especially important. It is also important for caregivers of anyone at high risk including children younger than 6 months, who are too young to get a flu vaccine.

Individuals in a high-risk group that experience symptoms of flu (fever, chills and feeling very tired accompanied by sore throat, muscle or body aches, headaches, or nasal congestion), should contact their health care provider early in the illness. Antiviral drugs can be prescribed by a physician, and work best if started within two days of getting sick. Individuals who are not in high risk groups and who have mild illness typically do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. These individuals should stay home and avoid contact with other people. Anyone who experiences more severe symptoms such as trouble breathing, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, difficulty eating or drinking, or confusion should contact their health care provider or seek emergency care.

To stop the spread of flu and other respiratory illnesses, you should also:
 Stay home while sick and limit contact with others
 Cover your cough or sneeze with your sleeve or disposable tissue
 Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
 Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

Calaveras Public Health monitors local influenza activity through weekly reports of patients presenting to the local hospital emergency department with influenza like symptoms. So far this year there has not been a spike in illness.

Flu vaccine is available in many locations in Calaveras County, including Calaveras County Public Health Division, doctors’ offices, pharmacies, health centers or clinics.

If you are interested in getting your annual influenza vaccination or for more information, please call Calaveras Public Health Division at (29) 754-6460 or visit our website calaveraspublichealth.com.



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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-01-11 10:17:15   By: Anonymous
 
I hear a lot of excuses out there for not getting a flu shot, the biggest being "the one this year is only 10% (or similar number) effective." My reality is people all around me be they work peers, friends or family are getting the flu. I had a shot and believe I've had flu like symptoms but nothing that took me out. Besides, we're supposed to be mindful of those around us - the very young, the very old and those with weakened immune systems - and help protect them by being vaccinated ourselves. For yourself and others, please do get your flu shot and a pneumonia one as well (the latter equally scary this year)!

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    20% Effective So Get It ?
    Posted on: 2018-01-11 10:34:20   By: Anonymous
     
    With both the pneumonia and flu vaccinations effectiveness is what matters.
    Before you inject these foreign bodies into your body consider the effectiveness.

    Also consider the possible side effects like partial paralysis
    This is not scare tactics, it is a fact a percentage will have life long effects from vaccinations.

    What is Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS)?

    Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a rare disorder in which a person’s own immune system damages their nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis. GBS can cause symptoms that usually last for a few weeks. Most people recover fully from GBS, but some people have long-term nerve damage. In very rare cases, people have died of GBS, usually from difficulty breathing. In the United States, an estimated 3,000 to 6,000 people develop GBS each year.
    What causes GBS?

    The exact cause of GBS is unknown, but about two-thirds of people who develop GBS experience symptoms several days or weeks after they have been sick with diarrhea or a respiratory illness. Infection with the bacterium Campylobacter jejuni is one of the most common risk factors for GBS. People also can develop GBS after having the flu or other infections (such as cytomegalovirus and Epstein Barr virus). On very rare occasions, they may develop GBS in the days or weeks after getting a vaccination.
    Who is at risk for developing GBS?

    Anyone can develop GBS; however, it is more common among older adults. The incidence of GBS increases with age, and people older than 50 years are at greatest risk for developing GBS.

    Be informed and ask is 20% effectiveness worth the risk?
    It is a personal decision.

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      Best Protection- Wash Hands Use Handi Wipes
      Posted on: 2018-01-11 10:41:16   By: Anonymous
       
      As always, the best protection even more important in flu season is to wash hands often, especially before eating, smoking etc. Keep and use handi wipes often.
      Keep your fingers out of your mouth, eyes, nose, unless you washed your hands.
      Do not share drinking containers, eating utensils.

      If you feel like you are coming down with a "bug" use a mask it is about consideration for others around you.

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      Re: 20% Effective So Get It ?
      Posted on: 2018-01-11 11:13:54   By: Anonymous
       
      One of the common side effects of flu is death. Personally I'll take GBS over death. But you get to make up your own mind so death for you is fine with me. BTW, would you please stay in your basement so you don't spread the flu to the rest of us, we don't want it.

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      Re: 20% Effective So Get It ?
      Posted on: 2018-01-11 17:22:10   By: Anonymous
       
      I'd like to know more about your medical training and if you also support not immunizing against childhood diseases because of the anecdotal relationship to autism. Also suspect you are of a generation that has never seen or understood the ravages of polio or TB. It's called public health for a reason - we vaccinate to protect the greater population not just ourselves.

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      Re: 20% Effective So Get It ?
      Posted on: 2018-01-11 17:31:53   By: Anonymous
       


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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-01-11 11:58:39   By: Anonymous
     
    Yeah, let's let a stranger stick a needle full of poison into our blood. Sounds great. Media brainwashing at it's best. Cdc recommends vaccinations, why? They hold over 15 vaccine patents. Go ahead, shoot up some foriegn chemicals, and enjoy.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2018-01-11 12:32:55   By: Anonymous
       
      And another Calaveras idiot checks in.

      Please don't wear your seat belt. Someone makes money on those too.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2018-01-11 17:27:00   By: Anonymous
       
      I'm going to take my chances with my doctor and the AMA over the musings of celebrity talk show host Jenny McCarthy and their ilk. Maybe you're up for a good dose of measles or even TB, too?

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2018-01-11 17:28:48   By: Anonymous
       


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Pot prevents the flu
Posted on: 2018-01-11 11:09:54   By: Anonymous
 
There is increasing evidence that smoking marijuana can help prevent flu. Edibles may have some benefit to prevent flu, but the smoke itself, in the lungs seems to kill the flu virus. So grow a lot of pot because the vaccine they're peddling doesn't work very good, and pot has the added benefit of making you feel good.

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    Re: Pot prevents the flu
    Posted on: 2018-01-11 11:16:15   By: Anonymous
     
    Smoking or eating enough marijuana will leave you just sitting there like a vegetable and that will decrease your probability of coming into contact with the virus. Be sure not to share that bong with your infected friends.

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      Re: Pot prevents the flu
      Posted on: 2018-01-11 11:36:28   By: Anonymous
       
      Pot is legal

      [Reply ]

        Re: Pot prevents the flu
        Posted on: 2018-01-11 11:37:30   By: Anonymous
         
        Yea, start growing it cause you can, prohibition is over.

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      Re: Pot prevents the flu
      Posted on: 2018-01-11 11:38:32   By: Anonymous
       
      You're sick. Probably hungover. Go get a drink.

      [Reply ]

    Re: Pot prevents the flu
    Posted on: 2018-01-11 14:24:51   By: Anonymous
     
    There is NO medical evidence marijuana prevents or cures the flu. Smoking anything weakens the lungs and any contaminants in your smoking device have a higher chance of causing infection in someone who already has a respiratory illness.

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      Re: Pot prevents the flu
      Posted on: 2018-01-11 14:53:50   By: Anonymous
       
      There absolutely is medical evidence. I've been smoking pot for years, never get a flu shot and never get the flu. Isn't that enough evidence?

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If You Are Sick...
Posted on: 2018-01-11 11:26:03   By: Anonymous
 
Cold or Flu, please stay home. Don't go to church, someone can get mail, groceries, medicines for you. There are many helpful people, all you have to do is ask.
I have a compromised immune system and have been sick since Thanksgiving. Longest "cold" of my life!
Please consider other's and stay home, keep your germs to yourself.

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    Re: If You Are Sick...
    Posted on: 2018-01-11 11:39:46   By: Anonymous
     
    Stay home and smoke pot.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-01-11 17:30:36   By: Anonymous
 


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    Re:
    Posted on: 2018-01-11 19:49:18   By: Anonymous
     
    Lots of Dorks for sure .

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