4 Deaths in Siskiyou County Due to Flu

flu shotYREKA, Ca. — 4 males ranging in age from 38 to 65 have died from H1N1, also known as Swine Flu, in Siskiyou County. Siskiyou County Public Heal is coordinating with state and federal agencies in conducting flu surveillance and implementing measures to reduce the impact of the flu virus.

According to the Public Health department in Siskiyou County, Dignity Health/Mercy Mt. Shasta emergency department has seen 72 individuals presenting influenza like illnesses over the past month. Fairchild Medical Center reports 100 individuals came in with flu like symptoms at their emergency department in the last two weeks.

The Public Health Department said the peak of flu season usually occurs in late January and continues through February, so there is still time to benefit from a flu vaccine. Officials said the majority of cases have not received their annual influenza vaccine. The Public Health department advises people to stay home if you’re sick and practice the three “C’s”: cover your cough, clean your hands, and confine sick people at home.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please call your healthcare provider.

  • A fever higher than 100°F and a cough and/or sore throat.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Have had contacts with a confirmed influenza case.
  • Are in a high-risk setting for transmission (e.g. school, prison, camp, or other residential institution).
  • Are part of a cluster with influenza-like illness or symptoms.

To help prevent the spread of influenza, Siskiyou County Public Health will be offering the following flu vaccination clinics to those 6 months and older for $9 per vaccination on a walk-in basis/no appointment is necessary:

Location:  Yreka Public Health Department, 810 S. Main St:

January 15th from 12:30 pm to 5pm

January 16th from 8am to 12:30 pm

January 17th from 12:30 pm to 5pm

January 21st through January 24th from 12:30 pm to 5pm

Location:  Mt. Shasta Public Health Department’s new location, 1107 Ream Avenue

January 23, from 9am to noon

Note:  January 20th is a National Holiday.  The Public Health Department will be closed.