Oregon Influenza Update

December 2, 2016

Data indicates that influenza activity is on the rise in Oregon

Common signs and symptoms of flu:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, but this is more common in kids than adults

To limit illness and death from influenza, the Oregon Health Authority encourages folks to:

  1. Get vaccinated. The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year. So far this year the flu vaccine is a good match to the circulating flu strains. It is not too late to get vaccinated!
  2. Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  3. Cover your mouth and nose. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick
  4. Clean your hands. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  5. If necessary, seek medical care. In most cases people with flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or treatment. Groups at higher risk of complications due to flu include young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and those with conditions like asthma, diabetes, cancer, or heart disease.
  6. Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.