Deschutes County Health Services was formed in 2009 as a consolidation of the County’s Health Department and Mental Health Department. The department offers services at more than 40 locations in Deschutes County including public schools; health clinics in Bend, La Pine, Redmond and Sisters; five school-based health clinics; agencies such as the KIDS Center and the State of Oregon Department of Human Services; area hospitals; care facilities and homes. Deschutes County Health Services is an equal opportunity service provider.
2014-2015 Influenza Season
Seasonal influenza is circulating in the United States. Deschutes County Health Services reminds the public to get vaccinated against influenza as soon as possible.
Influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone six months of age and older. Annual vaccination is safe and the most effective method to prevent influenza infections. The composition of the flu vaccine is reviewed each year to protect against the flu viruses that research indicates are most likely to cause disease during the upcoming season.
Individuals seeking vaccine have many options, including a newer quadrivalent shot that covers four different influenza viruses, a high dose flu shot approved for people 65 and older, and nasal-spray vaccines. Deschutes County Health Services recommends you consult with your healthcare provider regarding the best option. Vaccinations are available at doctor offices and many local pharmacies.
Protection provided by vaccination lasts throughout the entire flu season, even when vaccine is given in early fall. A new dose is needed every year to keep up active defense against viruses.
“Even if you received the vaccine last year, you should get vaccinated this year,” said Deschutes County Health Services Director Jane Smilie. “Individuals with asthma, diabetes and other chronic medical conditions, the elderly, pregnant women and young children can become very ill if infected by influenza. We urge people to get vaccinated now to protect themselves and others who are vulnerable.”
Learn More About Ebola
The largest outbreak of Ebola in history has caused thousands of deaths in West Africa. While there have recently been three confirmed cases of Ebola in the United States, the risk of an outbreak here remains very low. Public health officials and health care providers are taking precautions to prevent it. You can learn more about the Ebola outbreak at this website: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/
Respiratory Virus Confirmed in Oregon
The Oregon Health Authority has recently confirmed several cases of a severe respiratory virus that has been making headlines nationwide. Enterovirus D68 is responsible for an outbreak that has hit children especially hard. Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses. This virus was first identified in California in 1962. You can learn more about Enterovirus D68 at this website: