The following is a press release issued by Mendocino County Public Health
Cold and flu season has begun early in Mendocino County and COVID is still a threat as well. These viruses affect everyone including children, and most severely infants and toddlers less than 2 years old. Unfortunately, we are already seeing many more children needing emergency room care here in Mendocino County than the last 2 years. Here are the four best ways to combat the winter viruses:
- Get vaccinated, boosted (and treated). Get flu and COVID vaccines and boosters for everyone in your house over 6 months old.
- Stay home if you’re sick! You’ll recover faster and spread it to fewer others.
- Wear a mask. There is no vaccine for RSV, so wearing a mask can significantly slow the spread and protect babies and young children who do not yet have immunity and are too young to wear a mask themselves. Wearing a mask in indoor public places is a good way to limit the spread of germs.
- Get treatments through your provider if someone is sick with flu or COVID. Use TeleHealth if you cannot get an appointment with your regular health care provider.
- Test! Take an at-home test before attending a party and before returning to work or school after the holiday.
Vaccines and treatments are available at local pharmacies, through your health provider, and at Public Health offices and clinics throughout the county. Please see the Vaccines webpage for more information. Questions? Contact the Call Center 707-472-2759.