High Flu and RSV Activity – Siskiyou County Public Health News Release

Siskiyou County Public Health Alerts Residents to High Flu and RSV Activity.

To prevent the spread of flu and RSV

  1. Get Vaccinated – Flu vaccines are the best protection against flu.
  2. Wash Your Hands – Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  3. Cover your Coughs and Sneezes – Use a tissue or your elbow to cover your cough or sneeze.
  4. Stay Home When Sick
  5. Clean and Disinfect Surfaces.


Read the full news release below.

Siskiyou County Public Health Alerts Residents to High Flu and RSV Activity

Yreka, Ca. –Siskiyou County Public Health (SCPH) is urging residents to take precautions as the county
experiences an increase in Influenza (Flu) and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) activity.

Flu and RSV are highly contagious respiratory illnesses that can cause severe illness, especially in vulnerable
populations such as young children, older adults, and individuals with weakened immune systems. Symptoms
of both viruses include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and fatigue. In
severe cases, complications can arise, leading to pneumonia or other severe respiratory conditions.

To prevent the spread of flu and RSV, SCPH recommends the following measures:

1. Get Vaccinated: The flu vaccine is the most effective way to prevent serious illness from the flu. SCPH
strongly encourages all residents, especially those at high risk, to get their flu shot. Vaccination is available at
local healthcare providers, pharmacies, and through Siskiyou County Public Health.

2. Practice Good Hygiene: Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds,
especially after coughing, sneezing, or being in public places. If soap and water are not available, use an
alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.

3. Cover Your Coughs and Sneezes: Use a tissue or your elbow to cover your mouth and nose when
coughing or sneezing. Dispose of used tissues immediately and wash your hands afterward.

4. Stay Home When Sick: If you or your child are experiencing flu-like symptoms, it is important to stay home
from work, school, or public gatherings until at least 24 hours after the fever has subsided without the use of
fever-reducing medication.

5. Clean and Disinfect: Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as
doorknobs, light switches, and cell phones.

SCPH is closely monitoring the situation and working in collaboration with healthcare providers, schools, and
community partners to prevent the further spread of flu and RSV.

Stay informed about the latest updates and recommendations by visiting the SCPH webpage or by following
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