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CHCC notes increase in cases of influenza-like illnesses on Tinian

(CHCC) — The Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. would like to advise the general public on Tinian of a sharp increase in influenza-like-illnesses occurring there in the past several weeks based on CHCC surveillance data.

Influenza or flu is a highly contagious viral disease. It is primarily spread by person to person contact via coughing or sneezing. Symptoms include cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, fever, chills, and body aches.

Prevent the flu:

Get vaccinated!

  • • A yearly flu shot is recommended for everyone 6 months and older. It is not too late to get a flu shot for yourself and for your loved ones.
  • • Vaccination is especially important for protecting those at high risk for serious flu complications, including young children, pregnant women, adults 65 years and older, and anyone with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, and heart disease.

W.A.T.C.H. It!

  • • Wash your hands.
  • • Avoid sick people and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • • Teach others how to prevent the flu.
  • • Cover your cough or sneeze.
  • • Have an emergency plan ready in case you get sick.

Contact your healthcare provider

  • • People who are at high risk of developing serious flu complications when they get the flu include the very young, the very old, pregnant women, and those with underlying illnesses like heart conditions and respiratory lung problems.
  • • Worsening conditions like shortness of breath and difficulty breathing, chest pain, very high and persistent fevers, and ear aches are signs that you should go see your doctor. The doctor may then prescribe medications to treat the flu.
  • • Take medication(s) as recommended by your doctor to treat the flu.
  • • If you are already sick with the flu, please contact your doctor for advice before visiting the clinic - this is to prevent and avoid exposure and spread of the disease. By doing this, you will help avoid exposing other people at the clinic.

For more information, contact the Tinian Health Clinic Immunization Program at 433-9233.