Flu Update Winter 2017

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Flu Season Continues—Get Protected!

The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency reminds County residents that it's time to get flu vaccine.

Influenza can be a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. The flu vaccine is one of the best ways to protect against influenza, and is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older, every year.

IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO GET A FLU SHOT! Getting flu vaccine in February or later will still protect you--flu season often peaks in January or February.

County News Center Story: Weekly Flu Cases Highest of Season (2/16/17)

RELATED: Don't Believe Flu Myths! Visit our special Flu Myths page to learn the facts about some common flu and flu vaccine myths.

You need to get vaccinated against the flu every year because vaccine protection lessens over time. So, even if you got vaccine last year, you still need it this year. And it is not possible to predict how mild or severe this flu season will be.

Flu vaccine is available at doctors' offices, clinics, retail pharmacies, County Public Health Centers and other places around the county. For 2016-2017 flu clinic information, please visit the Immunization Program's Influenza Vaccine Clinics page. You can also call 2-1-1 for flu clinic information.

Besides getting flu vaccine, here are a few simple steps you can take every day to stop the spread of the flu and other germs:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water,
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your arm,
  • Stay away from sick people whenever possible, and 
  • Stay home when you are sick. 

To find out more, please visit the Immunization Program's Influenza Season 2016-2017 webpage. And you can view and download the Influenza Watch, a weekly summary of influenza activity in the county. 

Here are some other good sources of information about flu and flu vaccine:

California Department of Public Health Flu Website

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Flu Website

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Flu Website
 

 

 

 

 

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