DPHSS Advises to Practice Safety Measures During Flu Season


Public health officials advise the public to practice safety measures during the ongoing flu season.

Typically, influenza season is in September, then RSV season in November, followed by other viruses in between, according to Dr. Bob. Leon Guerrero during a public health meeting.

He says these seasons were not as impactful during the height of the pandemic due to individuals practicing safety precautions like mask-wearing and social distancing.

However, this is no longer the case, as these measures have been relaxed. As a result, children are the population most affected.

Dr. Leon Guerrero highlighted that, at one point, thirty children were hospitalized due to the flu and other respiratory viruses.

However, he clarifies that it is not that children’s immune systems are worse off compared to COVID; it is due to children’s exposure to these viruses for the first time.

Public health officials advise the community to get their flu shot, get vaccinated, and practice safety protocols, as a surge of illness is expected in the fall and during this holiday season.

Dr. Leon Guerrero said, “I think if we kind of use common sense– and still if someone is sick, make sure their social distancing, wear a mask– and by all means, please get your kids vaccinated– not only for COVID but also, for the flu.”

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Starting as the weather personality for the Pacific News Center in 2019, then as a reporter, Destiny Cruz is now PNC’s lead anchor, producer, writer, and TV host for two of Sorensen Media Group’s shows. Over three years at PNC, Destiny has covered issues impacting our island in areas including legislation and health, to name a few, in addition to highlighting the meaningful stories of Guam’s community in features and lifestyle. Corresponding with her professional growth, Destiny has acquired personal achievements that have contributed to her development as a dynamic woman: she is a proud graduate of the Guam Community College, earning her degree in liberal studies, a former Miss Guam (Miss World Guam 2017), and singer/songwriter.