2016-17 FLU SEASON UPDATES & INFORMATION

Man with Flu

01/21/17 - FLU SEASON HITTING HARD AT LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES

01/11/17 -  FIFTH FLU DEATH REPORTED IN KITSAP

01/05/17 – FOUR DEATHS REPORTED IN KITSAP AS FLU SEASON ESCALATES

12/23/16 – ONE DEATH REPORTED IN KITSAP AS FLU SEASON ARRIVES

12/23/16 - Influenza has reached Kitsap County

 

INFLUENZA-RELATED DEATHS IN KITSAP COUNTY FOR 2016-17 FLU SEASON
Updated 02/24/17 @ 9:00 p.m.

  Age Range Vaccinated for 2016-17 flu season Type of flu Underlying medical condition Month of death
1 90s YES Influenza A YES Dec. 2016
2 70s YES Influenza A YES Dec. 2016
3 60s YES Influenza A YES Jan. 2017
4 80s NO RECORD OF VACCINATION Influenza A YES Jan. 2017
5 60s YES Influenza A YES Jan. 2017
6 90s YES Influenza A YES Jan. 2017
7 90s YES Influenza A YES Jan. 2017
8 90s YES Influenza A YES Jan. 2017
9 90s UNKNOWN Influenza A YES Jan. 2017
10 90s NO Influenza A YES Jan. 2017
11 70s YES Influenza A YES Feb. 2017
12 70s UNKNOWN Influenza A YES Feb. 2017

 

INFLUENZA DEATHS & LTC FACILITY OUTBREAKS
Updated 02/24/17 @ 9:00 p.m.

Flu Season Long-term care (LTC) facility outbreaks Flu-related deaths
2014-2015 9 4
2015-2016 2 3
2016-2017
YTD
20 12


Getting the flu vaccination is important

Getting an annual flu vaccination is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors' visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.


The influenza virus is easily spread from person to person and flu is a very serious illness. Millions of people get sick—and thousands die— from flu illness each and every year. Flu vaccine is the best protection we have and has been used safely and effectively for over 70 years.

Nasal sprays not recommended for 2016-17 flu season

The live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), commonly referred to as nasal spray flu vaccine, is not recommended for use for any ages during the 2016-2017 flu season.


Recent studies show that nasal spray vaccine doesn't provide adequate protection against flu disease and illness.

Flu vaccinations are recommended every year

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months of age or older get the flu vaccine every year. Viruses can change every year. Flu vaccine is updated to include protection against the strains of flu believed most likely to make people sick that year.

RESOURCES

Below is a resource to find flu clinics near you.



Kitsap Public Health District Respiratory Illness Report

The Kitsap Public Health District provides a weekly report in which we report the level of influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) activity in Kitsap County, as well as influenza-like illness (ILI) visits to local medical providers and at emergency rooms.  If you wish to receive this report via email or receive a text message notification when it is issued each week, please visit www.kitsappublichealth.org/subscribe.

www.flu.gov

www.cdc.gov/flu

www.doh.wa.gov

Food & Drug Administration:  Flu vaccine safety and availability

2016-17 Flu Shot Update (printable flyer)

Additional CDC flu shot print materials


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