The holiday season is here. The holidays bring lots of hustle and bustle, as well as time with family, friends, and celebrations of all kinds. But it’s also flu season. Nothing can ruin your holiday season quicker than getting the flu. You can get miserably ill and even end up in the hospital. Prepare for this busy season to ensure that you and your family stay healthy. Protect your health, and your family’s, by getting the flu vaccine (and encourage everyone around you to get it, too).
December 2-8 is National Influenza Vaccination Week. It’s a reminder that December, January or even later is NOT too late to get flu vaccine! Flu season lasts through spring, so there’s plenty of time and opportunity to be exposed to and get sick with flu. Flu immunization is also a part of the Building Better Health component of Live Well San Diego (LWSD), a countywide vision to improve the health and well-being of our county residents.
Flu vaccine is readily available throughout the county. You can get a flu vaccine from your doctor, local pharmacy, and other retail stores. Flu vaccine is also available at regional Public Health Centers. Get your flu vaccine now so that will be protected throughout the holiday season and beyond. Visit the San Diego County Immunization Program Influenza Season web page for more information. Find a list of flu shot clinics.
If you’re unsure about getting flu vaccine, check out he County of San Diego's Flu Myths webpage. It will to help show why getting the vaccine is a healthy choice for you and your family.
Help us spread the word! When you get flu vaccine, tweet #FightFlu and include a selfie.
Another important step to keep yourself healthy is to wash your hands often, with plenty of soap and warm water, for at least 20 seconds. Dec. 2-8 is also National Handwashing Awareness Week, a reminder that frequent and thorough handwashing not only helps reduce the spread of flu, but also colds and other illnesses year round.
So, protect your health, your family and your community. Be a flu fighter. Get flu vaccine and wash your hands.