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Influenza Season 2019-20


Be sure you know common flu symptoms and get vaccinated to protect yourself from flu.

See the County News Center Story:San Diego Flu Deaths Reach 86, Cases Winding Down. (Mar. 11, 2020)

February or even later is not too late to get flu vaccine if you haven't already. Flu season lasts through Spring, so there's plenty of time for you to be exposed to flu.

Flu can make you very sick; you might even end up in the hospital. You don't want the flu to ruin your holiday season. Or ruin the holidays for those around you--flu is very contagious.

So get your flu vaccine if you haven't already done so. The flu makes a lousy holiday present. Give yourself, and people around you, the gift of health instead. Read on for more information about the flu, flu season and the flu vaccine.

FLU POSTER: Feeling Sick? Stay Home.

Learn about Who Needs A Flu Vaccine.


What To Do To Avoid The Flu

 Get your family vaccinated. FightFlu


To protect your health and the health of those around you, follow these steps:

1) Get flu vaccine. This is the best way to help protect yourself from getting the flu. And tell your family, friends and others around you that they need to get vaccinated, too! Flu vaccine will be available in our community later in the fall from some private physicians, clinics and other places, like pharmacies. More places will be offering flu vaccine in the coming weeks and months.

2) Cover your coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue or your arm.

3) Wash your hands often, with plenty of soap and warm water.

4) Stay away from sick people whenever possible.

5) Stay home when you're sick.

6) Get enough rest, exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet.

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.

You need to get flu vaccine every year because vaccine protection wanes over time. Even if you got the vaccine last year, you need it this year. And It is not possible to predict how mild or severe this flu season will be.

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.

Learn what to do about the flu and why people 65 years and older are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu.

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. And some of the people you could spread the flu to may be at risk of serious complications if they get the flu.

Who is at High Risk of Complications From Flu?

  • Children,
  • Seniors,
  • Pregnant women, and
  • Those with heart conditions, asthma, diabetes, immune system disorders 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. In addition, their chances of dying from flu-related complications are higher than other people.

Also, people at high risk for flu-related complications should contact their doctor immediately if they start to develop flu-like symptoms so that they can be evaluated for antiviral drugs, which work best if given within 48 hours after symptoms appear.

Pregnant Women Need Flu Vaccine!

Pregnant women face special health problems from flu. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, changes in the immune system, heart, and lungs during pregnancy make pregnant women more prone to severe illness from flu as well as hospitalizations and even death. Pregnant woman with flu also have a greater chance for serious problems for their unborn baby, including premature labor and delivery.

Getting a flu shot is the first and most important step pregnant women can take to protect against the flu. The flu shot given during pregnancy has been shown to protect both the mother and her baby (up to 6 months old) from flu. (The nasal spray vaccine should not be given to women who are pregnant.)

If you are pregnant, flu vaccincation is especially important for you and your baby.

The flu shot is safe for pregnant women. It has been given to millions of pregnant women over many years. Flu shots have not been shown to cause harm to pregnant women or their babies.

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.

Don't let these myths fool you into skipping the flu vaccine:

MYTH: The flu shot gives you the flu.
No, it can't. The influenza viruses in the shot are inactive and not infectious.

MYTH: The flu shot doesn't work..
Yes, it does. Many years of research and experience show that flu vaccine reduces the risk of getting the flu.

MYTH: I don't get sick. It's not likely you've been never been sick in your entire life. But even if you're healthy, that doesn't mean you'll never get sick. Why take chances with the flu?

Healthy young adults get the flu too. Find out how to protect yourself and your friends.

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).

Why is handwashing important? Watch this video..





Click here or on the title above to see a list of some places in San Diego County where flu shots are available.

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. Click here or on the link above to read the latest issue of the Influenza Watch.

Stay Connected With The Latest CDC Influenza Info!
You can stay connected with the latest tweets, Facebook posts and other influenza content with the links below:

Information for Businesses & Employers

CDC Flu Twitter Feed

CDC Facebook Page

Flu Videos on YouTube

Email Updates

News Feeds

Frequently Asked Questions About The 2019-20 Influenza Season
What kinds of flu vaccines will be available this season? What flu viruses do the vaccines protect against? This informative web page has the answers to those questions, and a lot more!

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.