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Influenza Season 2013-14
 

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!

 

Learn about Who Needs A Flu Vaccine.
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/whoshouldvax.htm  


 

FLU INFORMATION RESOURCES

Flu Vaccine Clinics (click for list)

INFLUENZA ACTIVITY IN THE COUNTY The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency’s Epidemiology and Immunization Services Branch (EISB), works with the local medical community to summarize influenza activity here in our county. The weekly summary, called Influenza Watch, is available by clicking on the title above or this link

CDC Influenza Web Site for Mobile Devices
Want to view important influenza information on your tablet or smart phone? Visit CDC's influenza Mobile Device website at: http://m.cdc.gov/flu.

What You Should Know For The 2013-14 Influenza Season
Want to know what kinds of flu vaccines will be available this season? Curious about what flu viruses the vaccines protect against? Learn all that and more at this informative web page!

Key Facts About Influenza (Flu) & Flu Vaccine
Flu & Flu Vaccine Basics from the CDC.

The Flu: What To Do If You Get Sick
If you think you may have the flu, please see this web page from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Says Take 3 Actions To Fight The Flu
Help protect yourself with these three actions.

Are You At High Risk For Flu-Related Complications? See this page on the CDC Website.