Flu Watch 2015 - 2016
• Beach Cities Health District advises residents to follow flu vaccination guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov), which recommends everyone six months of age and older be vaccinated.
• Vaccinations are most important for at-risk populations, including those age 65 years of age and older, children younger than two years old and people with chronic medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, asthma, congestive heart failure, lung disease). Family members and individuals in close contact with infants under six months old should also be vaccinated against the flu – this creates a "cocoon" of protection.
• Remember: Healthy individuals can become infected with the flu without experiencing symptoms. These people are known as “carriers” and can infect others with the virus unintentionally.
• Remind your friends and relatives to get vaccinated by sending an “e-card” from the CDC website.
What sort of flu season is expected this year?
It’s not possible to predict what this flu season will be like. Flu seasons are unpredictable in a number of ways. While flu spreads every year, the timing, severity, and length of the season varies from one year to another.
When will flu activity begin and when will it peak?
Most seasonal flu activity typically occurs between October and May. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the United States between December and February.
Influenza A (H3N2) viruses have been reported frequently in almost all states. During past seasons when influenza A (H3N2) viruses have predominated, higher overall and age-specific hospitalization rates and more mortality have been observed, especially among older people, very young children, and persons with certain chronic medical conditions compared with seasons during which influenza A (H1N1) or influenza B viruses have predominated, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Read more about influenza A.
To guard against influenza A, be sure to get vaccinated and follow flu prevention protocols.
Tips to Stop Spreading the Flu:
- Get vaccinated
- Wash your hands regularly
- Sneeze and cough into the crook of your arm
- Avoid touching your eyes, face and nose
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- When you’re sick, stay at home and limit contact with others
Trusted Public Health Resources:
Comprehensive government-wide information on seasonal, H1N1 (swine), H5N1 (bird) and pandemic influenza for the general public, health and emergency preparedness professionals, policy makers, government and business leaders, school systems, and local communities.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
California Department of Public Health
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health