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SEASONAL FLU CASES SEEN IN REGION

Some things to know about influenza and vaccination

Orange City Area Health System has begun to see cases of seasonal influenza, according to Val Droog, Director of Quality for the health system. “Flu epidemics occur annually and the onset and severity of the illness they cause are unpredictable,” reports Sanford Laboratories. “Influenza vaccines are designed to provide protection, and therefore the CDC continues to recommend influenza vaccination for individuals six months and older.” The efficacy of the influenza vaccine is high as it pertains to preventing serious illness, but only about 60% to 85% effective in preventing all symptoms of the flu, reports the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). According to IDPH, current surveillance in Iowa shows that the majority of influenza is the typical seasonal A(H3N2), which “is a good match for the vaccine strain.” Also being seen in Iowa is the A(H1N1) strain, which is also in the vaccine. Before children return to school after the holidays, it is recommended that they receive a flu vaccine if not already immunized. Orange City Area Health System offers the seasonal flu vaccine as a walk-in basis in the medical clinic. Or call the Orange City clinic at 712-737-2000.

Kamies and Bruxvoort represent health system at CDP training

Emergency responders Aiko Kamies, paramedic, and Rob Bruxvoort, firefighter and EMT – both employees of Orange City Area Health System – recently completed training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Alabama. The CDP is operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Training at the CDP includes healthcare and public health courses at the Noble Training Facility, the nation’s only hospital dedicated to training healthcare professional in disaster preparedness and response. Hands-on training helps responders to effectively prevent, respond to, and recover from real-world incidents. Kamies and Bruxvoort are members of Orange City Area Health System’s “Hospital Incident Command System” (HICS) team, which meets regularly to plan for potential incidents and carry out drills involving the health system staff. More information about Orange City Area Health System, its clinics, hospital, home health and hospice, and senior care services, can be found at ocHealthSystem.org.