H1N1 Flu Updates
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has announced that all Santa Barbara County residents are eligible to receive H1N1 vaccinations at no cost. See the current schedule here.
See the Santa Barbara County Department of Public Health website for the most current information on clinics and other H1N1 developments in our region.
See the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, California Department of Public Health and Santa Barbara County Department of Public Health websites for the most current information.
Cottage's emergency departments and medical staff are on heightened alert to monitor patients with influenza symptoms. Cottage is also in contact with the CDC and the California Department of Public Health.
CDC reports that the symptoms of H1N1 flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular seasonal flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. If you experience these types of symptoms, contact your healthcare provider, particularly if you are worried about your symptoms. Your healthcare provider will determine whether influenza testing or treatment is needed. There is no vaccine available right now to protect against Swine Flu.
Following these flu prevention tips can help everyone stay healthy:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and throw the tissue in the trash after its use.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Try to avoid close contact with individuals who appear to have flu-like symptoms.
- If you become sick with flu-like symptoms, it is recommended you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to prevent infecting them. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth as germs spread this way.