Influenza

Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness that cause by a virus. Symptoms of illness include fever, cough, sore throat, chills, fatigue, body aches, and headache. Illness can range from mild to severe and can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of developing severe flu and complications. 

The best method to prevent getting the flu is by getting the flu vaccine every year, washing hands frequently, and avoiding those who may be ill. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone over 6 months of age. The flu vaccine is offered at many locations including your doctor’s office, local pharmacy, and the health department. To make an appointment to receive the flu shot at the health department, call 661-321-3000.

 

 

 

Influenza Activity in Kern County by Influenza Season (updated 04/26/2019)

2013-2014


 

2014-2015


 

2015-2016


 

2016-2017


 

2017-2018


 

2018-2019


 

ICU Hospitalizations


 

23


 

5


 

1


 

5


 

11


 

27


 

Deaths


 

11


 

0


 

1


 

2


 

2


 

9


 

 

Note: The influenza reporting year is defined from July 1 to June 30 of the following year. The number of reported influenza ICU hospitalizations and deaths due to influenza are in those who are under the age of 65.

 

Syndromic surveillance and school absenteeism data for Kern County are summarized in a Kern County Influenza Report (updated 04/26/2019).

 

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