Given that influenza cases usually increase during the holidays and winter months, county health officials recommend that San Diegan be vaccinated now.
“Indoor holiday celebrations and other gatherings facilitate the spread of the flu,” said County Public Health Officer Wilma J. Wooten, MD, MPH. “Vaccines are the best defense against the flu. Vaccine now to prevent getting sick and others getting sick.”
From December 5th to 11th National influenza vaccination weekRemind San Diegans over 6 months that it’s never too late to get the flu vaccine.
The County Health and Welfare Department publishes a weekly report on the Influenza Watch. This report tracks key influenza indicators and summarizes regional influenza surveillance.
The weekly report ending December 4, 2021 displays the following information:
- Emergency department visits for influenza-like illness: 4% of all visits (compared to 3% last week)
- Influenza cases confirmed by tests that week: 123 (compared to 64 in the previous week)
- Total number of cases confirmed in the lab so far: 535 (33 last season, average over the last 5 years is 505)
- Total number of influenza deaths to date: 0 (compared to 0 at this time of last season)
How to prevent the flu
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all people over the age of 6 months be vaccinated against influenza each year. It takes about 2 weeks for the immune system to develop. The CDC also shows that you can be vaccinated against influenza and COVID-19 at the same time, including the booster effect. Coronavirus vaccines are ineffective against influenza and vice versa.
Influenza vaccines are especially important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from the virus.
- People with chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes and lung disease, even if their symptoms are suppressed
- Pregnant female
- Those over 65 years old
- People who live with or take care of others at high risk
Influenza vaccines are currently available in clinics and retail pharmacies and are covered by medical insurance. Those without medical insurance can be vaccinated at one of the county’s six public health centers or at a community clinic in the area.To find the nearest location, in the county Location of influenza vaccine Call page or 2-1-1 San Diego.
In addition to vaccination, people also need to do the following to prevent getting sick:
- Wash your hands thoroughly and often
- Use hand sanitizer
- Stay away from sick people
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth
- Clean the surface that you often touch
- If you are ill, stay at home and avoid contact with others
In 2020, a total of 848 cases of influenza were reported in San Diego, including two deaths. In 2019, a total of 108 San Diegans died of influenza and more than 20,700 cases of influenza were reported.
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