Red Cross Evacuation Center for Mad River/Ruth at: Van Duzen Community Center, Van Duzen Road, Mad River:
Precautionary evacuations for the town of Blocksburg.:
Mandatory Evacuations for residences in the area of Mad River Rd from Highway 36 to Three Forks Road area and the back side of the lake on Ruth/Zenia Road to the Ruth Dam: - Click for more Info
State Route 36 is closed at the Trinity County line due to the wildfires. It's unknown when the roadway will re-open:
For 24-hour Air Quality Information, call the NCUAQMD’s hotline toll-free at 1-866-BURN-DAY (1-866-287-6329), or visit the website at www.ncuaqmd.org.: - Click for more Info
Flu vaccine may not be as effective for this year’s strain
EUREKA- Humboldt County’s Department of Health and Human Services has given out more than 1,000 flu shots this year. But those vaccines may not be as effective as originally thought.
This week the CDC issued a health advisory warning that recent flu sampling shows one strain of the flu has mutated. According to the agency, 50 percent of the H3N2 strains tested have mutated, meaning the current vaccine cannot fully combat the virus.
Flu activity has been low so far in the area, but nationally the H3N2 is appearing to be the most common strain this year. Local health experts say that although the vaccine is less protective, it can still help reduce severe complications.
“The vaccine is really the primary way to protect yourself against the flu and we definitely recommend getting the vaccine this year,” DHHS Public Health Nurse Hava Phillips said. “It's now if you haven't gotten it yet it's a fantastic time to get the vaccine, to give it a chance to build up you immunity before you travel for the holidays and spend time around some of those very old or very young relatives that might be more vulnerable to the flu.”