GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY, Wash. - Local health care providers, schools, and emergency rooms are reporting a sharp increase in the number of people they’re seeing with symptoms of the flu. Local health officials say it looks like the flu is here.
“We’ve been watching for and expecting this,” says Dr. John Bausher, the county’s health officer. “Like communities all over the state, we’re seeing a more rapid spread of the flu as the colder weather sets in.”
“We know people are anxious for vaccine, and so are we,” says Bausher. “But we really want people to remember to do the simple things that can so powerful in preventing the spread of the flu. Wash your hands often, cover your cough, and if you’re sick stay home.”
Anyone with a fever over 100 degrees should not go to work or school until they have been free of fever for at least 24 hours. And since most people with the flu get well in 4-7 days without treatment, health officials are encouraging people with the flu to take care of themselves at home. “We want to make sure people who are at high risk of severe disease are able to get care promptly,” says Bausher. “That becomes impossible if everyone with the flu tries to see a health care provider.”