Flu Update Fall 2018

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Flu Season is Almost Here; Get Vaccinated

Influenza can be a very serious disease, It can make you very sick and can even be fatal. Last year's flu season was one of the most severe on record. Here in San Diego County, there were 20,833 cases of flu reported and 342 people died. That far exceeds the 6,827 cases and 87 deaths reported the previous season.

(See related County News Center story, San Diegans: Now is the Time to Get a Flu Shot.)

Flu vaccine is one of the best ways to get protected against flu. For more information about flu and flu season, please visit the Immunization Program Influenza Season 2018-19 web page. And for information about flu clinics at Public Health Centers and other locations, visit the Flu Clinics web page.

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.

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. 

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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