Flu epidemic growing statewide

Staff Writer

Influenza illnesses are increasing and health officials at the Washington State Department of Health urge Washingtonians to get a flu shot. Officials also want people to avoid spreading the flu and to know when it’s OK to be cared for at home and when they should get medical care.
“People who are sick should stay home from holiday gatherings where influenza and other illness can spread. If you have symptoms of the flu it’s better to miss some of the holiday fun than to risk infecting others – especially those people who are at higher risk of serious complications,” said Dr. Scott Lindquist state epidemiologist for infectious diseases.
Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. Symptoms of flu include fever, chills, body aches, and a cough or sore throat. It can cause severe illness in some people, and can sometimes lead to death. Last flu season 278 people in Washington were confirmed to have died from influenza.
For more of the story, pick up the Dec. 27 issue of the Deer Park Tribune

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