Flu season is not over, Stanislaus County health officials say


KCRA3’S MELINDA MEZA HAS MORE ON
WHAT HEALTH OFFICIALS WANT YOU
TO KNOW. [COUGHING]
MELINDA: THE FLU HAS BEEN DEADLY
THIS SEASON. AND STANISLAUS COUNTY PUBLIC
HEALTH WANTS YOU TO KNOW THE FLU
SEASON IS NOT OVER. CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF
FIVE IN PEOPLE OVER 65 ARE
REALLY THE MOST AT RISK. MELINDA: DR. JULIE VAISHAMPAYAN
SAYS EVEN THOUGH THERE HAS BEEN
A DECREASE IN INFLUENZA A THERE
, IS STILL ANOTHER STRAIN
AFFECTING STANISLAUS COUNTY
RESIDENTS, A STRAIN THAT IS DANGEROUS FOR CHILDREN.>>THERE ARE TWO DIFFERENT
STRAINS OF INFLUENZA. INFLUENZA A CIRCULATE IN MAMMALS
AND CHICKENS AND BIRDS AND
CAUSES PANDEMICS. INFLUENZA B IS NOT CONSIDERED TO
CAUSE PANDEMICS. MELINDA: HOWEVER, HEALTH
OFFICIALS SAY CHILDREN ARE TWO
TIMES AS LIKELY TO DIE FROM
INFLUENZA B THAN A. THIS YEAR IS CONSIDERED ONE
THE WORST FLU SEASONS YEARS,
200 32 GETS IN CALIFORNIA, NINE
DEATHS IN STANISLAUS COUNTY.>>REALLY, THE MESSAGE IS NOT
TOO LATE TO GET YOUR FLU SHOT. MELINDA IN AN EFFORT TO PROTECT
: YOURSELF AGAINST A STRAIN THAT
IS MORE DANGEROUS IN ELDERLY,
CHILDREN AND PEOPLE WITH
UNDERLYING CONDITIONS. LAST MONTH THERE WERE TWO
REPORTED OUTBREAKS OF INFLUENZA
B AND TWO PATIENTS WHO HAD TO BE
TREATED IN INTENSIVE CARE
STANISLAUS COUNTY HOSPITALS. SO HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE
ENCOURAGING YOU TO CONTINUE
TAKING PRECAUTIONS, AS YOU WOULD
DURING ANY FLU SEASON. THAT MEANS WASHING YOUR HANDS
FREQUENTLY, BOARDING PEOPLE WHO
ARE SICK AND COVERING YOUR MOUTH
WHEN YOU COUGH. THEY SAY THIS FLU SEASON COULD
LAST FOR SEVERAL MORE WEEKS.

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