1/23/2013 11:00:00 AM Editorial Flu claims first life this year in county; use care
The Yavapai County Health Dept. confirmed Tuesday that a county child has died from a flu-related illness, the first such death in three years.
YCHD spokesman David McAtee said that though most cases of influenza in otherwise healthy people can result in an uncomplicated illness, sometimes flu can open the door for another, more serious infection, which may have occurred in this case.
McAtee said vaccination is the best way to protect yourself from the flu. He offers additional tips to decrease the spreading of germs, such as washing your hands, and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Try to avoid close contact with sick people, and practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy food.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
These tips may help you avoid the flu that seems to be widespread in the county this year. On page two of today's Tribune, you'll find more flu information from the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Red Cross, and next week, the Tribune will offer information about how the flu is affecting Prescott Valley and surrounding areas.