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Influenza (Flu)

Influenza (flu) is an airborne viral respiratory condition characterized by symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat, and muscle pain. Illness can be mild to severe. Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by tiny droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk. The best way to prevent flu is by getting vaccinated each year

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Flu Shots

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot every year. It takes about two weeks for immunity to develop. September and October are good times to get a flu vaccine.​

 

Flu Shot Locations

Flu shots are available at doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, and other locations around the County. People without health insurance can go to a County Public Health Center.

Flu Shot Locations

Influenza Season 2021-22

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year, a flu vaccine is more important than ever. It’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter. 

Influenza Watch

San Diego County’s Weekly Influenza Report

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Flu FAQs  Flu and COVID-19

 

Tips to Help You Stay Healthy
This Flu Season

 

  • Get a flu vaccine!
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it and wash your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs that can cause respiratory illnesses like the flu.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, limit your contact with others as much as possible so you don’t spread your infection to them.