Just as the seasons of the year come and go, so the flu season arrives in its due time - typically during fall and continuing through winter. Flu season in 2020, however, takes on new significance in the shadow of the COVID-19 virus.
The health and wellness of Basin residents is the concern of MORONGO BASIN HEALTHCARE DISTRICT. In the interest of public health and education, we have provided the website link to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There you will find a wealth of information about flu symptoms, precautions, populations at most risk, and treatment.
The influenza virus is a contagious respiratory illness that spreads between people in the same way as COVID-19: mainly through close proximity (less than six-feet) by coughing, a sneeze or talking.
The flu can result in severe illness, especially for high risk groups such as children aged 6 to 59 months, adults over age 50 years, persons with chronic pulmonary, asthma, cardiovascular, hypertnsion, renal, hepatic, neurologic, hematologic or metabolic disorders, including diabetes mellitus, immunocompromised persons, and women who are or will be pregnant during influenza season.
Most people who get sick with flu will experience a mild illness, will not need medical care or antiviral drugs, and will recover in less than two weeks. But for those at risk, flu complications can result in hospitalization.
Getting a flu shot has been shown to reduce the spread of flu to others, reduce flu illnesses, doctor visits, missed school or work days, and reduces the risk of flu related hospitalization and death.
Children younger than five years old, especially those younger than two, are at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications. The CDC recommends that children between six months through eight years of age be vaccinated. A flu vaccine offers the best defense against flu and its potentially serious consequences, such as pneumonia and the worsening of long-term medical problems.
Be proactive and get a flu shot, both for your own health and well-being and for those you love.
MORONGO BASIN COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER has received flu vaccinations and are now administering flu shots to its patients. Call for an appointment at 760-365-9305.
Morongo Basin Healthcare District seeks to improve the health and wellness of Basin residents through making healthcare more accessible and through education opportunities.
The Morongo Basin Community Health Center provides the following care at locations in 29 Palms and Yucca Valley. To make an appointment, call 760-365-9305
During the coronavirus outbreak, our clinics in 29 Palms and Yucca Valley are available to take your call. Most of our patient visits are now being handled by telephone or through an interactive, face-to-face online "patient visit" with our medical providers, available through a cell phone or other electronic devices.
And, our Patient Portal allows patients to obtain lab results, book appointments, track and reorder medications, and exchange messages with their medical provider.
We are here for you and just a phone call away! 760-365-9305