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San Diego Immunization Program

Influenza Update 2011

To find a location which offers flu vaccine, please call 2-1-1.

Several County of San Diego Public Health Centers are now offering influenza vaccine. Some private doctors’ offices, as well as some pharmacies, grocery and department stores and other businesses, also have flu vaccine available. More locations will be offering flu vaccine in the coming weeks and months.

The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency recommends that people check with their regular source of medical care first, if they have one, to request flu vaccine.

Influenza immunizations are recommended for everyone 6 months and older. This year, the flu vaccine contains three strains, including the H1N1 2009 flu strain.

Flu vaccine will be available at County Public Health Centers and other locations throughout the flu season while supplies last. The fee for the immunization visit is $10 per person, which can be waived if the person is unable to pay. Vaccination with the live, nasal spray flu vaccine is an option for healthy persons 2 to 49 years of age.

This website will be updated as more information becomes available.

The Flu Ends With U!
The County Immunization Program has adopted the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Flu Message: The Flu Ends With U!

Flu Prevention is everyone’s responsibility. Everybody 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine as soon as it is available. This flu season’s vaccines protect against two strains of seasonal flu and the H1N1 2009 flu strain.

General information about the influenza vaccines is available here:

Some Flu Facts (courtesy of CDC):

Symptoms of Flu

People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • muscle or body aches
  • headaches
  • fatigue (very tired)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

How Flu Spreads

Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or nose.

Period of Contagiousness

You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick. Some people, especially children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others for an even longer time.

Complications of Flu

Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.

Besides getting flu vaccine, there are other steps which everyone should take to protect their health (all year long, not just during flu season):

  • Wash your hands often with plenty of soap and warm water.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue, not your hands.
  • Stay away from people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

For information about influenza, the vaccines that protect against it, and much more, please visit:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Flu Website www.cdc.gov/flu/

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Flu Website www.flu.gov

The Flu Ends With U!
Click here to view this PSA that relates to seasonal and/or 2009 H1N1 influenza in English

The FLU Ends with U. Learn more: www.flu.gov