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Siskiyou County Public Health Alerts Residents to High Flu and RSV Activity

For Immediate Release  
January 5, 2024

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Yreka, Ca. –Siskiyou County Public Health (SCPH) is urging residents to take precautions as the county experiences an increase in Influenza (Flu) and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) activity. 

Flu and RSV are highly contagious respiratory illnesses that can cause severe illness, especially in vulnerable populations such as young children, older adults, and individuals with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of both viruses include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and fatigue. In severe cases, complications can arise, leading to pneumonia or other severe respiratory conditions.

To prevent the spread of flu and RSV, SCPH recommends the following measures:

1. Get Vaccinated: The flu vaccine is the most effective way to prevent serious illness from the flu. SCPH strongly encourages all residents, especially those at high risk, to get their flu shot. Vaccination is available at local healthcare providers, pharmacies, and through Siskiyou County Public Health.

2. Practice Good Hygiene: Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing, sneezing, or being in public places. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.

3. Cover Your Coughs and Sneezes: Use a tissue or your elbow to cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of used tissues immediately and wash your hands afterward.

4. Stay Home When Sick: If you or your child are experiencing flu-like symptoms, it is important to stay home from work, school, or public gatherings until at least 24 hours after the fever has subsided without the use of fever-reducing medication.

5. Clean and Disinfect: Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as doorknobs, light switches, and cell phones.

SCPH is closely monitoring the situation and working in collaboration with healthcare providers, schools, and community partners to prevent the further spread of flu and RSV.

Stay informed about the latest updates and recommendations by visiting the SCPH webpage or by following us on Facebook and Instagram.

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