January 14, 2013

Flu is making headlines in much of the United States. But the state of Oregon is reporting only moderate levels.

In Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties, 65 people have been hospitalized in the Portland-metro area since Oct. 1, 2012. This hospitalization rate is less than one-third the rate of hospitalizations being reported nationwide. Elderly residents, though, have been hit hardest with 46 percent of the area’s hospitalizations.

Tri-county health officials say the vaccine is still available and is recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months.

You can protect yourself and your family:

  • Get the flu shot. Much of the flu season still lies ahead and it takes two weeks for the vaccine to be fully effective, so get vaccinated now.
  • Cough and sneeze into your arm, or a tissue, then toss the tissue into the trash.
  • If you become sick, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever.

Click here to learn more about prevention or where to get the flu shot or call 211. For a list of symptoms or whether to see a doctor: web.multco.us/health/influenza