As predicted by Oregon state health officials, 2013 will be a record year for flu in the
Beaver State. Eugene, Lane County is not the exception, as the Weather Channel Flue Index reaches “widespread” as indicated by the color purple.
Widespread in this context indicates that the report of flu outbreak has occurred in 50% or more of the populated counties of Oregon.
As of January 31, Oregon State Health’s Flu Bites, reports that the flu virus or flu like symptoms is widespread, and that “seen” cases have spiked by 2.5% in the third week of January.
Lane County and the Southern Willamette Valley fares a bit better at a reported 2.2%.
According to Lane County Health: There are several simple precautions one can take to reduce the chance of flu infection.
1. Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.
2. Wash your hands with soap and water often. Use hand sanitizers.
3. Avoid touching your eyes and mouth when exposed to flu-like symptoms or conditions.
4. Sanitize shared electronics, keyboards, phones, steering wheels, etc.
5. Stay home when sick. Don't expose fellow workers, students and the public to your flu symptoms.
Flue symptoms: Although there are several varieties of flu and flu like symptoms being reported to health workers, headache; running nose; coughing; and chest congestion; may be an indication of something more than the common cold.
As recommended by health officials: If these symptoms persist for more than a week, one should seek a medical professional.
A couple of simple precautionary steps can save you from weeks of discomfort as reported by many flu sufferers.
Best of luck…