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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 9A Lori Pini people who share an enclosed Could I still get measles ifI Health Education Coordinator space with that person, if am fully vaccinated? Very they are not immune, willfew people -- only 3 out of 100 Even though there have also become infected. The-- who get two doses of been no cases of measles incubation period is up to measles vaccine will still get reported in Plumas County, 21 days, but it can be measles ffexposed to the the Disneyland measles contagious from four daysvirus. And fully vaccinated outbreak should be a concern prior to the onset of rash people who do get measles to all of us, with the numbers until the person is entirely are much more likely to have of infected individuals well again, a milder illness. They are growing almost daily. Measles vaccine, which isalso less likely to spread the As of Jan. 28, 98 people given in combination withdisease to others, including from 14 states were reported rubella and mumps vaccines people who can't get to have measles. Eighty-two (in combination: MMR), isvaccinated because they are live in California and one of the most effective and too young or have weakened two-thirds of those were safe vaccines we have. Two immune systems. associated with the doses are recommended for"We encourage people to Disneyland outbreak. Some children, ff your child has stay up to date with all their school districts in Southern not received the MMR recommended California are now vaccine or has received only immunizations, and the preventing unimmunized a single dose, you shouldMMR vaccine continues to children from attending contact your health care prevent far more disease class, provider for immunization as than it causes. It is one of the Measles causes fever, soon as possible. Plumas safest and most highly runny nose, cough and a rash County Public Health Agency effective vaccines available," all over the body. In the most has a limited supply of free said Dr. Mark Satterfield, severe cases it can cause vaccine due to the statewide Plumas County health encephalitis, deafness, outbreak. We are placing officer. seizures or even death (1 in priority on unvaccinated Measles can cause serious 1,000). Measles is spread children, caregivers of illness in anyone. If you or primarily though coughs and children and travelers your children have not been sneezes, and it can live on heading to areas already vaccinated against measles, surfaces and in the air. for up confirmed with measles, contact your health care to two hours. It is so People born before 1957 are provider or Plumas County contagious that if a person already immune and don't Public Health Agency at has it, 90 percent of the need the shot. 283-6330 or 800-801-6330. Mark Satterfield, M.D. Plurnas County Health Officer Influenza is once again at epidemic levels in Plumas County, as it is throughout the U.S. "The flu" is unpleasant for everyone, but for high-risk people such as children under 5, older adults, pregnant women and people with underlying health problems it can be dangerous enough to require hospitalization or worse. When any of these higher-risk individuals comes down with flu, it's important they be started on antiviral medications within one to two days. They should contact their health care provider to be seen promptly, and if that fails, come to the emergency room. Please put on a mask when you come in the door and avoid contact with other patients. Symptoms of influenza typically include abrupt onset of fever plus cough or sore throat. These are often accompanied by headache, muscle and body aches, runny or stuffy nose, profound fatigue and sometimes nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. The first principle of treating the flu is to stay home from work, school and other public places until all symptoms have resolved. Flu is readily passed from person to person through the air, and also from objects we commonly touch like doorknobs and grocery carts. Drink lots of liquids (don't worry about solids), use acetaminophen (up to 4,000 mg a day) and get plenty of rest. Do not use aspirin because it can, rarely, cause Reye's syndrome when taken by a person with influenza. Remember to cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing and wash your hands frequently or use an alcohol-based rub. It's also not too late to get a "flu shot" (influenza immunization) to help prevent the flu, offered at Plumas County public health clinics and most pharmacies and medical providers throughout the county. Although much has been made of the fact that one of the prevalent strains this year was not included in the vaccine, 50 percent of cases have been due to viruses that were included. 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