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Community Health Updates

 

January 14, 2014

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) publishes a weekly report regarding the occurrences of influenza cases.  Currently, the Oregon Health Authority reports the number of cases in Oregon to be increasing, moving the flu activity indicator from moderate to high.  Most of the confirmed cases are due to the H1N1 strain of the influenza virus that caused a world-wide pandemic in 2009. This strain affects younger people more than adults over 65.

In anticipation of a more severe influenza season this year we along with the Multnomah County Health Department recommend that you get vaccinated  if you haven’t already received the vaccine against influenza - it is not too late!  The flu vaccine this year has been reported to be a very good vaccine against the current strains of influenza, including H1N1.  It takes approximately two weeks to develop immunity to influenza after getting the flu vaccine.

 

Prevention

 Prevention is key! Students and staff that may have been in contact with sick individuals have the potential to spread sickness, so take precaution to protect yourself and others.To avoid getting sick, practice basic good hygiene.  Wash your hands frequently, especially at these times:

  • Before eating
  • After using the restroom
  • After coughing, sneezing, etc
  • After coming into contact with bodily fluids

Get vaccinated!  It’s not too late.

 

If you get sick…

  • Get plenty of rest
  • Stay home from work or school
  • Drink extra liquids – at least one glass of water or juice every waking hour
  • Do not prepare food while you have symptoms and for three days after recovering

Residential students, if you are feeling ill while on campus, do not eat in the dining hall. This is a common area and where germs can spread easily. Instead, give your LC Student ID to a friend to pick up a meal for you!

If you experience the following, seek medical attention at the Student Health Service or other provider right away:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness, Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • High fever with a rash

Flu Vaccines

Anyone, even healthy people can get the flu. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated. The CDC recommends flu shots for everyone 6 months of age and older. For more information about the vaccine and who should be vaccinated, visit the CDC website.

Influenza vaccines have a very good safety track record. Over the years, Americans have received hundreds of millions of doses of seasonal flu vaccine. The discomfort and possible serious complications from flu are far greater than any risks that come from the vaccine.

Visit the CDC flu site or the Student Health Center for more information, or check out the Multnomah County Health Department for more immunization services.