Influenza Activity Increasing
Posted on 04/02/2019

Influenza activity has increased recently across the state, including the mid-Columbia region.  Typically influenza activity decreases as spring approaches, but not this year. Emergency rooms, walk-in clinics and provider offices are reporting a surge in activity over the recent weeks. While many flu symptoms can be managed at home, people at high-risk for developing flu-related complications are children under 5 years old, adults 65 years of age and older, people with extreme obesity, pregnant women, residents of long term care facilities and American Indians and Alaska Natives. People with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, lung disease and heart disease are also more likely to develop flu related complications.   For a complete list go to https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/high_risk.htm

Flu vaccine is the first line of defense for protection and there is still time to get vaccinated.  Flu vaccine is recommended for anyone six months of age and older, including pregnant women.

Influenza vaccine are available at the Benton-Franklin Health District, your medical provider and many local pharmacies.

To learn more about the signs and symptoms of flu, visit  https://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/IllnessandDisease/Flu