Sutter County Public Health has received a report of a third case of serious influenza in an adult Sutter County resident under age 65 years of age that required intensive care unit (ICU) healthcare. Of the three total reported cases this season, two remain hospitalized and the other was released from hospital. No deaths associated with influenza in persons under 65 years have been reported in Sutter county residents this season.
This Influenza season is a severe one as indicated by the 147 influenza-related deaths reported state-wide so far, compared to last year’s number of 106. Influenza remains at widespread levels in California. It is important that individuals continue to take measures to reduce their risk for influenza.
Persons at highest risk for serious illness with flu include the elderly, pregnant women, infants, or those with other health conditions, but healthy persons at any age can also develop serious influenza or die. Any person with increased risk for serious flu who develops flu symptoms should contact their physician immediately in order to get the most effective treatment. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue.
The single most effective way to prevent influenza is getting flu vaccine. If you haven’t received your flu vaccine yet this season, it is not too late. The flu season can last into April.
After receiving vaccine, it takes up to two weeks for the vaccine to build up effective protection against the flu. Even if you have already had the flu, the vaccine covers three or four different strains of flu, so it helps protect you against the strains of flu that you haven’t yet had. Call your healthcare provider and ask about flu vaccine or to find where flu vaccine is available near you, go to Healthmap Vaccine Finder at
You can do these other simple, but effective measures to help prevent getting the flu or giving the flu to others:
- Wash your hands with soap and water frequently or using alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with your sleeve and throw used tissues directly into the wastebasket.
- Stay home when you are sick.
For more information about how to prevent influenza or what to do if you become ill, see the CDC Influenza webpage at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/