As the Monterey County Health Department recently announced the death of two Monterey County residents associated with influenza virus infection, the staff of the Campus Health Center urge students to take the steps necessary to prevent its spread.

Monterey County public health officials urge all indivudals six months of age and older to get vaccinated against influenza.  The current influenza vaccine protects against pH1N1, the predominant virus circulating this year.  Influenza activity continues to increase in Monterey County, as is expected for this time of the year.  If the pH1N1 virus continues to circulate widely, severe illness that disproportionately affects adults under the age of 65 may continue to occur.

Free or low cost influenza vaccines are offered by the Monterey County Health Department's Clinic Services Division.  Walk-in services are available Monday through Friday, 8am to 11am and 1pm to 3pm at the following locations:

  • Alisal Family Health Center, 559 East Alisal St., Salinas, (831)769-8870
  • Seaside Family Health Center, 1150 Fremont  Blvd., Seaside, (831)899-8100

Other locations offering influenza vaccines can be found at: http://flushot.healthmap.org/

For more information about influenza, visit the Monterey County Health Department's website at: http://mtyhd.org or the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's website at: http://cdc.gov/flu/

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You can help prevent the spread of flu and other illnesses! Influenza is caused by the influenza virus, which infects the respiratory tract (nose, throat and lungs). Because the virus travels from person to person, there are many simple things you can do to keep from getting the flu.

Download our guide to flu prevention and treatment.

Should I get a flu shot?

You might consider getting a flu shot, and if you are in a high-risk group, we strongly encourage you to get vaccinated. 

Woman with fluSimple Steps to Prevent and Treat the Flu

  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Manage stress.
  • Eat a well balanced diet.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Wash your hands! (Use hand sanitizer or soap and warm water for 20 seconds.)
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your upper sleeve if you don't have a tissue.
  • Clean your environment with a household disinfectant.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Manage a mild flu with lots of rest, fluids and healthy food.

Learn more about flu symptoms and treatment.

Flu Treatment

If you think you have flu, stay home and avoid contact with others, practice good hygiene, treat the symptoms with over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol or ibuprofen, rest and drink plenty of fluids. If you think you need medical treatment, call the Campus Health Center or your doctor first. We may be able to advise you over the phone rather than have you come into the office where you can infect others. 

Learn more about flu symptoms and treatment.

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