BE PREPARED. BE PROTECTED. GET FLU VACCINE!
Influenza can be a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. As of the beginning of February, there have been 29 influenza deaths reported in San Diego County this flu season.
If you haven't had flu vaccine yet, it's not too late. Protect yourself and those around you. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published evidence that this year's seasonal influenza vaccine is a good match for currently circulating viruses.
Anyone can get sick from the flu. No matter how healthy you are, you can catch the flu. And you may be sick for 2-3 weeks or more, interfering with work, school, other activities and time spent with family and friends.
Even if you get a mild case of the flu, you can still spread it to other people. Like your family, friends and co-workers. Or any of the many people you come in contact with during the course of the day.
There are people for whom the flu is especially dangerous, like children, seniors, and those with heart conditions, asthma, diabetes and certain other health problems. If these people get the flu, they are more likely to get seriously ill with complications like pneumonia and need hospitalization. Also, their chances of dying from flu-related complications are higher than other people.
It is not possible to predict how mild or severe this flu season will be. Last year, the US experienced a very severe flu season.
Don't take chances with your health, your family’s health and the health of everyone around you? Get flu vaccine, and make sure your family gets it, too.
Flu vaccine is available at doctors' offices, clinics, retail pharmacies and other places around the County. See the link towards the top of this page, on the right hand side (Flu Vaccine Clinics) for a list of some ongoing and one-day flu vaccine clinics. You can also call 2-1-1 for information about where flu vaccine is available.
HERE'S A FLU-FIGHTING TIP: WASH YOUR HANDS!
In addition to getting flu vaccine, there's a step you can take to reduce your chances of getting and spreading the flu: handwashing! In fact, washing your hands often is a good way to protect your health all year long, not just during flu season. Many everyday objects and surfaces we touch have lots of germs on them, and if you touch your eyes, nose or mouth after touching them, you can expose yourself to all sorts of germs.
When you wash your hands, use plenty of soap and warm water and wash for at least 20 seconds (about the time it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice).
Here's a video about why it's important to wash your hands, and wash them often..
Everybody can do their part to help prevent the spread of germs and protect themselves from the flu. Follow Flu.Gov on Twitter (@FluGov) for a different flu tip each Friday (#FluTips).
TAKE THE VACCINATION PLEDGE FOR THE 2013-14 INFLUENZA SEASON
This is a great way to show that you are serious about protecting yourself and those around you from the flu this flu season. Click here for more information and to take the pledge.
Click here to see who else has taken the pledge!