>La Grande Observer | Union and Wallowa Counties' News Leader

La Grande, OR forecast
& Eastern Oregon University Valley Cam

http://tinyurl.com/n2723qt
Observer news NE Oregon Classifieds Web
web powered by Web Search Powered by Google

Follow LaGrandeObserver.com

Today's front page

Image of The Observer's Front Page

Get Home Delivery of The Observer for only $8.50 per month, $9.50 for motor routes. Just click here and after filling out one simple and secure online form you could be on your way to learning more information about local, state and world news.

manage your account »

Recent article comments

Powered by Disqus

Home arrow News arrow Local News arrow FLU'S NOT HERE YET, BUT VIRUSES HAVE ARRIVED

FLU'S NOT HERE YET, BUT VIRUSES HAVE ARRIVED

It's not here yet, but it will arrive soon.

The dreaded influenza virus — flu — has not yet hit Union County, but the first case in Oregon was reported Tuesday in Yamhill County.

Flu may not be here, but there are plenty of viruses floating around.

"The flu season is from Dec. 1 through the end of March," said Dr. James Winde, Union County's public health officer.

People who think they have the flu are probably suffering from one of the hundreds of viruses that roam throughout the world.

One of the more common viruses is viral gastroenteritis, an infection that causes vomiting and diarrhea and can be sparked by a variety of viruses. Winde said that there has been a minor outbreak of viral gastroenteritis in Union County.

"When people get sick, they often say they have the flu, but that's not the case," the physician said. "We have seen no symptoms of clear-cut influenza."

Other viruses, such as rhinovirus, adenovirus and a new virus, the human metapneumovirus, often cause fever, respiratory infection and cold-like symptoms. Most are relatively mild, but elderly people and infants may have complications and the viruses can lead to pneumonia, according to information from the Centers for Disease Control.

"There are literally hundreds of different viruses that cause congestion, headache, fever," Winde said. "Usually they are very mild symptoms."

Sometimes people who have received the flu vaccine complain that the vaccine causes them to get the flu.

Not true, Winde said.

"We give the shots at the same time the viruses start circulating," he said.

Those who have not yet received flu shots can do so at the public health department of the Center for Human Development.

Public health nurse Trisha Blackman has said that plenty of vaccine remains.

To schedule an appointment, call 963-8801. Drop-in clinics are from from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays or from 8 a.m. to noon Fridays at the CHD on K Avenue.

— Alice Perry Linker

 
blog comments powered by Disqus
News
Local / Sports / Business / State / National / Obituaries / Public Notices
Opinion
Editorials / Letters / Guest Columns / Columnists
Features
Outdoors / Ag / Spiritual / Go Magazine / Portraits
Classifieds
View all classifieds / Jobs / Autos / Real Estate / Rentals / Place an Ad
The Observer
About / Contact / Commercial Printing / Subscriptions / Terms of Use / Site Map
Also Online
Photo Reprints / Slideshows / Weather and Valley Cam / /index.php?option=com_rss&feed=RSS2.0&no_html=1">RSS Feed ?> RSS Feed

Follow La Grande Observer headlines on Follow La Grande Observer headlines on Twitter

© Copyright 2001 - 2014 Western Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. By Using this site you agree to our Terms of Use

LaGrandeObserver.com works best with the latest versions of Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer or Apple Safari

levitra indien cialis en europe cialis generika schweiz cialis viagra levitra differenze viagra tablette cialis per donne cialis rapide viagra kaufen viagra kopen in belgie commander cialis en france costo viagra farmacia achat viagra a l'unité comprare finasteride online test viagra rezeptfrei viagra senza prescrizione propecia generica levitra online er viagra reseptfri tadalafiili comprar cialis