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Health Officials Say That It’s Essential To Get The Flu Vaccine

Health Officials Say That It’s Essential To Get The Flu Vaccine”

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency says the best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot.

The district expects to receive another supply of flu shots by next week and stress the importance of kids taking advantage of the program.

In California, flu usually begins to increase in late November or December.

Influenza (the flu) is a respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that can easily spread to other people.

Albert de Villiers says he hopes people take the responsibility of protecting themselves and their families a top priority this winter.

According to health officials, Australia had an early and aggressive flu season, which could point to how severe our flu season will be.

In the US, influenza viruses and pneumonia rank among the top 10 causes of death for American Indians and Alaska Natives, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Children from ages 6 months through 18 years old may schedule a flu shot through the Health Department's Immunization Division by calling 431-2662 ext. 249.

"This vaccine provides broader protection against influenza", explained Gaulin.

I dug deeper and called around to 10 local Walgreens pharmacies and found that on Tuesday, 7 of the 10 did not have any flu shots available-that means there were only 3 stores that carried the regular quadrivalent vaccine!

"Every year, unfortunately, there are still people that pass away because of influenza". Children may also have nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

It's that not-so wonderful time of year again, where tissues and cough drops are in everyone's bags. "It is particularly important to get adequate sleep, eat a balanced diet, and wash your hands frequently to help your immune system stay strong".

Compared to the general US population, American Indians and Alaska Natives are more likely to be hospitalized from the flu than the general USA population.



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