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Influenza Season 2020-21

Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, this year, a flu vaccine is more important than ever! #FIGHTFLU!

Protect Your Health This Flu Season
Visit this CDC web page to read about why flu vaccine is more important than ever, and about what to expect for the 2020-21 flu season during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

For more flu information and resources, please see the column on the right side of this page.

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

  • Get flu vaccine.
    A flu vaccine 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 vaccines are available in our community now through some health care providers, clinics as well as other places, like pharmacies. More locations will be offering flu vaccine in the coming weeks and months.

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
    Use a tissue or your arm if a tissue isn't available..

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

  • Stay away from sick people whenever possible.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • 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 the strains of the virus can change each year. 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.

For more information on steps you can take, please visit the CDC Healthy Habits to Help Prevent Flu web page.

Anyone can get sick from the flu. No matter how healthy you are, you can catch the flu. People with the flu 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 others, like your family, friends and co-workers. Some of the people you could spread the flu to may be at risk for serious complications if they get the flu.

Who is at High Risk of Complications From Flu?

  • Adults 65 years and older,
  • Pregnant women,
  • Young children, and
  • Those with health conditions including asthma, diabetes, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, cancer, children with neurologic conditions, chronic kidney disease, 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.

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.

If you have heart disease or have had a stroke, flu vaccination is especially important for you.  

For more information and resources for specific high-risk groups, please visit the CDC's People at High Risk For Flu Complications web page.

Pregnant Women Need Flu Vaccine!

Pregnant women face special health problems from flu. According to the 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 which may result in hospitalization and even death. Pregnant woman with flu also have increased chance for complications 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 a 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?

During the pandemic, people are learning just how important it is to keep their hands clean. 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. Washing your hands reduces your chances of getting and spreading the flu, as well as COVID-19 and other contagious respiratory diseases.

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).



Learn about Who Needs A Flu Vaccine.



Influenza vaccine clinic information is listed here as it becomes available. To find additional locations where the flu vaccine is available, please visit VaccineFinder or call 2-1-1.

INFLUENZA ACTIVITY IN THE COUNTY— Influenza Watch Weekly Summary
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.

CDC Frequently Asked Questions About The 2020-21 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 From CDC About Influenza (Flu) & Flu Vaccine
Flu & Flu Vaccine Basics from the CDC.

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

More Ways To 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:

CDC Flu Twitter Feed

CDC Flu Videos on YouTube

CDC Facebook Page

CDC Email Updates

CDC News Feed