Current Influenza Activity in San
Every week, the County of San Diego Health and
Human Services Agency's Epidemiology and Immunization Services
Branch, in partnership with the medical community, publishes
Influenza Watch, which summarizes current influenza activity
in the County, Read the latest issue here.
Yourself, Family and Friends From Influenza! Get Vaccinated!
received flu vaccine for this flu season? What about your
family and friends? Coworkers? If not, why not? Consider the
following facts about flu and flu vaccine:
months of age and older should get flu vaccine every year.
Some people think that they don't need vaccine this year
because they got it last year, and the strains in the vaccine
have not changed. The problem is that the immunity you get
from the vaccine wanes over time, which means you're
unprotected when the next flu season starts, no matter what
strains are in the vaccine.
Flu can be
very severe, and its complications can be fatal. Every
year, thousands of people in the US die from influenza-related
complications, like pneumonia. Seniors, infants and those with
chronic health conditions are especially vulnerable to
complications from the flu.
Many thousands more get so sick they have to be hospitalized.
And many people miss work or school because they were sick
with the flu, or because they are taking care of someone with
season, it's even easier than usual to get flu vaccine.
Supplies are plentiful, and vaccine is being offered at many
locations around San Diego County,, such as retail pharmacies.
So don't wait! Get your flu vaccine protection now!
For a list of
Public Health Center flu immunization clinics, please visit this
information about the flu and flu vaccine, visit
Department of Public Health Flu Pages
Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Flu
Still Not Too Late To Get Flu Vaccine!
People may think the flu season is mostly over after the
holidays, but the flu is still circulating and making people
sick. That's why it's still not too late to get flu vaccine! Vaccine is plentiful and available all
around the county, so if you haven't had flu vaccine yet, it's
not too late to protect yourself, your friends and your
You can take the Flu Ends With U Vaccination Pledge
The Flu Vaccination Campaign slogan, The Flu Ends With
U, means that individuals take responsibility to get
vaccine protection so that everyone is protected, even those
who cannot themselves get flu vaccine because of age or
certain health conditions. Please pledge to get flu vaccine,
and to encourage and help and encourage other people to get
here to take the pledge.
To Protect Your Health
Speaking of protection against the flu, there are some
other things you can do in addition to getting flu vaccine to
help stay healthy (list courtesy of the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention [CDC]):
your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or
sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water
are not available, use an alcohol-based
hand rub. Check the label to make sure the rub
contains at least 60% alcohol.
touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
to avoid close contact with sick people.
you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that
you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is
gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.
(Your fever should be gone without the use of a
sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to
keep from infecting them.