Health & Wellness

Flu Preparedness

Flu Symptoms

For most of us, the flu is a miserable way to spend a few days.
But it can be a life-threatening condition for others, including:
  • People 65 years and older
  • People of any age with chronic medical conditions (asthma, diabetes, heart conditions)
  • Pregnant women
  • Children under 5 years old
  • People with suppressed immune symptoms
Vulnerable people can experience complications from flu, including pneumonia, bronchitis, and sinus and ear infections.
The flu can make chronic health problems, such as asthma and chronic congestive heart failure, worse.
When is the flu an emergency?
Get medical help when you or someone else:
  • Has difficulty breathing or chest pain.
  • Has purple or blue discoloration of the lips.
  • Is vomiting and unable to keep liquids down.
  • Shows signs of dehydration (dizzy when standing, unable to urinate, or for infants, crying without shedding tears).
  • Has seizures, is less responsive than normal or becomes confused.
  • Has flu-like symptoms that improve, but then return with fever and worsening cough.
For kids under 12, get medical help:
  • When a child less than 12 weeks old has a fever of 100.3 or higher.
  • When a child 3 – 6 months old has a fever of 102.2 or higher.
  • When a child is dehydrated (no tears, making very little urine, drinking very few liquids).
  • When a child has labored breathing (such as grunting) with each breath, wheezing, or flaring or widening nostrils with each breath.
  • When a child is extremely irritable, seems very lethargic or is very difficult to wake up.
  • Fever (usually above 100)
  • Headache
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle aches
  • Stomach problems (more common in children than adults): nausea, vomiting and diarrhea

Safely Surrender Baby

Don’t abandon your newborn!
Orcas Island Fire & Rescue is a safe place for newborn babies.
Under Washington State law, parents may leave their unharmed newborn, up to three days old, at any hospital, staffed fire station or designated rural health clinic during hours of operation.
It’s confidential and safe:
Bring your baby to the Eastsound Fire Station during hours of operation:
  • 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Tell a staff member you want to leave your newborn as a “Safe Place Newborn.”
  • You do not have to give your name.
  • Medical questions may be asked about your baby.
  • Your baby will receive medical attention and then be placed in foster care for adoption.
No abandone a su recién nacido!
  • Estás oculando a tu bebé. NO TE ASUSTES.
  • Tú no estás sola. Hay un lugar SEGURO PARA RECIEN NACIDOS.
  • Usted puede dejar a su bebé no lastimado, de hasta 3 días de nacido, con todo empleado de cualquier hospital o todo empleado de todo estacion de bomberos.
  • No se harán preguntas.
  • Su bebé recibirá la atención médica necesaria, y luego será  colocado en un hogar temporal en busca de adopción.
Free, confidential help line: 1-877-440-2229
Linea de crisis: 1-877-440-2229
Interested in helping?
Contact Safe Place: 425-486-8456
Send tax-deductible donations to:
Safe Place for Newborns of Washington
P O Box 1864
Bothell, WA98041-1864

Flu Prevention

  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Use a tissue or your upper sleeve—not your hands.
  • Wash your hands frequently, especially after blowing your nose and sneezing, and before you eat.
  • If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. The flu virus can enter your body when you touch something contaminated and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick, to stop the spread of the virus.
  • Avoid close contact. Keep your distance from sick people.
  • Stay healthy. Get enough sleep, exercise, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.