You may be seeing signs around town more often urging you get the flu shot.
NBCRightNow.com - You may be seeing signs around town more often urging you get the flu shot.
That is because this year's flu virus includes the H1N1 strain, also called swine flu. That is the one that affected thousands of people back in 2009 and caused a flu pandemic and it is back.
"Now the good news for this year is that it is part of the protection you get from the routine flu vaccine, so people that have gotten their flu shot will have good protection," said Dr. Amy Person, Benton Franklin Health District.
She also said the H1N1 virus is not identical to the one that caused the pandemic in 2009 but it has been included in this year's flu shot and you should be protected.
But the thing about this flu virus is that it is attracted to young adults.
"So that can be a problem because particularly young adults is a group that tends to not get vaccinated because they assume they're healthy so they don't need a flu shot," Dr. Person added.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention explains more than half the country is having wide spread flu cases, and that includes Washington and Oregon.
Plus they cite more than 111 workdays are lost nationwide because of the flu, that is $7 million a year to sick days and lost productivity.
At Numerica Credit Union in Kennewick, they are taking precautions to avoid spreading the disease.
"Hand sanitizers, tissue, and then Clorox wipes," explained Jessie Stanley.
Stanley works at the front desk and said anything that employees or customers touch is wiped down at least twice a day.
"With a lot of the flu that's been going on and a lot of us have kind of been getting sick so we urge them to stay home and get better before coming back to work and getting all of us sick," said Stanley.
You may have the flu if you have a fever or chills, a cough, runny nose, body aches and fatigue.
"Some people say they feel like they just got hit by a truck," concluded Dr. Person.
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