Provided by Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford
PALO ALTO, CA (January 9, 2014) — Illness from influenza (flu) is now on the rise in California and the predominant type is the same virus that caused the 2009 H1N1 (Swine flu) Pandemic.
The good news is that it is one of the strains included in the current flu vaccine, which should protect you from becoming sick if you are exposed to the virus. There is still time to receive the vaccine and to benefit from it over the coming weeks.
Get vaccinated through your health plan, primary care provider's office, or any pharmacy chain. Vaccination not only prevents serious illness in you, but it also will keep you from spreading influenza to your family, friends and co-workers.
If you are experiencing flu symptoms, stay home from work or school and avoid other public places. Flu symptoms include: an abrupt onset of chills, fever (often above 101°F), headache, muscle aches, and general malaise. People with influenza may also have a sore throat and often develop a cough.
The adult and pediatric Emergency Department at Stanford Hospital & Clinics is open. However, so that we can keep the Emergency Department available for those in critical need, patients with flu symptoms should see their primary care physician first or visit Stanford Express Care located at 211 Quarry Road, Suite 202, Palo Alto, CA 94304. Stanford Express Care hours are Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The clinic is open to the general public. For an appointment, please call (650) 736-5211.
To learn more about H1N1 flu, prevention and treatment, please see answers to Frequently Asked Questions below. For additional information about H1N1 flu in Santa Clara County visit: http://www.sccgov.org/sites/sccphd/en-us/Pages/phd.aspx
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about Influenza