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2018-19 FLU SEASON UPDATES & INFORMATION

Updated on 10/8/2018.

NEWS

KITSAP PUBLIC HEALTH DISTRICT RESPIRATORY ILLNESS REPORT

During the flu season, 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.

The District also has an annual report that shows the trends over the past four flu seasons for influenza A and B, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and Influenza-Like Illness (ILI). Click here for the report.

For information on flu-related deaths in Kitsap County, click here.

 

PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR LOVED ONES

  • Get the flu vaccine.
  • Wash hands often, especially before touching eyes, nose and mouth, or eating.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with elbow or tissue.
  • Stay at home if sick, and if asked, wear a mask.

FIVE STEPS TO TAKE IF YOU GET THE FLU

  • Stay at home and rest.
  • Avoid close contact with well people in your house so you won't make them sick.
  • Drink plenty of water and clear liquids to prevent water loss (dehydration).
  • Treat fever and cough with medicines you can buy at the store.
  • If you get very sick or are at high risk for flu complications, call your doctor.

2017-18 FLU SEASON SUMMARY

During the last flu season, 296 people in Washington State died from influenza-related conditions; thousands were sickened, and thousands more were hospitalized. In Kitsap County, there were 17 influenza-related deaths reported.

According to the CDC, only 61 percent of Washington children and teens were vaccinated. Only about 47% of Kitsap adults reported being vaccinated against influenza during the 2017-2018 flu season per the Washington State Department of Health.

The CDC has a posted a national summary of the 2017-2018 flu season, which describes the most prevalent flu strains, vaccine efficacy, and other details.

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