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Seasonal Influenza Community Clinics 2014-2015

Community Flu Clinics 2014

Mono-Gram - Ebola and the Eastern Sierra

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

As the world is gripped by “Ebola fever”, what should our reaction be in the Eastern Sierra?

My personal view:

Mono-Gram - Pertussis

June 10, 2014


Rise in Pertussis Cases

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has received reports of 1,711 cases of pertussis occurring from January through April 2014, more than triple than the number of cases in the same period last year. Fortunately, none have been reported in the Eastern Sierra.

Pertussis peaks in incidence every 3-5 years. The last peak in California was in 2010, and now we are concerned that the recent increase in reported cases suggests that another cyclical peak is beginning.

Mono-Gram - The Season for Hantavirus 4/14/2014

Although mice carry the hantavirus all year, this is the start of the season when humans typically begin activities that put them at risk of being exposed to the hantavirus. Spring cleaning activities, such as opening up closed buildings that have been unused overwinter, often provide habitats for deer mice and become sites for human exposure to the hantavirus. Although hantavirus infections are relatively rare, it is not unusual for us to have several cases per year in the Eastern Sierra. The risk of death is significant.

Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health (MCAH)

The goal of the MCAH program is to improve the health of Mono County's women of reproductive age, infants, children, adolescents and their families.  Funding for this program comes from the federal Title V Maternal & Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant. The grant involves partnership on the federal, state, and local level, and allows flexibility for local counties to address the unique needs of their MCAH populations.

Mono-Gram - Flu Update 2/19/2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Flu Activity Declining, But Flu Season Not over Yet

Our local surveillance data shows that flu activity in our area is decreasing for the second straight week. In the Eastern Sierra, we have had a total of 2 hospitalizations, and one death that is flu related.

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Mono-Gram - Flu Update 2/07/2014

Press Release, Friday, February 7, 2014

Death of a Mono County Resident Related to the Flu

The Mono County Health Department was notified yesterday, February 6th, that the death of a Mono County resident is most likely related to an H1N1 2009 swine influenza infection.

Permission to release the following detailed information has been graciously given to us by Mrs. Cheryl McCoy. Our hearts go out to Mrs. McCoy and the McCoy family during this time of loss.

Mono-Gram - Flu Update 1-20-2014

Monday, January 20, 2014

Flu Deaths Increase in California

At this time last year, there were 5 laboratory confirmed deaths from influenza. This year, there are 45, with 50 more likely to be confirmed shortly. Who are they?

- Under age 65, including children

- Largely unvaccinated

- Many had chronic medical conditions, especially obesity, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

- However, about 10% were previously healthy with no risk factors!

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Mono-Gram - Weekend Flu Update

Monday, January 6, 2014

Weekend Flu Update


Last Friday, 3 days ago, I sent out a flu update talking about the rapid increase in flu activity around the country. 15 states were reporting high activity, and 25 states widespread activity. California was spared from both categories.

Over the weekend, more information about our local situation shows we are most likely on the cusp of a dramatic increase in local flu activity, probably due to travel by locals and visitors: