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Protect Loved Ones by Getting a Flu Vaccine

Protect Loved Ones by Getting a Flu Vaccine

National Influenza Vaccination Week is Dec. 5 to 9. It's a great opportunity to remind the community that there is still time to get an influenza vaccine for those 6 months and older. Influenza, also known as the flu, is caused by a virus that can cause us and those around us to get sick, be hospitalized, or die from serious complications.

The County of San Diego is currently experiencing the burden of other flu-like diseases, such as COVID-19 and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). With these viruses circulating in the community, everyone 6 months or older can do their part to prevent the spread of illnesses and get their flu vaccines.

To learn more about the flu, contact your healthcare provider. You can visit the county's Seasonal Influenza webpage for additional information and find a flu vaccine location near you.

In the United States, flu season begins in the beginning of October and usually lasts through the spring, as late as May. However, a recent County Influenza Surveillance Report states that influenza activity is higher this season than in previous flu seasons, therefore getting your flu vaccine will help you and your loved ones stay protected from the flu. 

The flu vaccine helps protect us from getting sick with the flu. Flu can be a serious disease, particularly among young children, older adults, and people with certain chronic health conditions such as:

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes 
  • Risk of stroke and heart disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Pregnant women
  • Adults over 65
  • Other specific high-risk groups

The California Department of Public Health influenza webpage also has helpful information including:

The San Diego County Office of Education has gathered tips for staying healthy during the winter and keeps information on trending health topics updated on the School Nursing webpage


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