Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today urged Californians to get immunized against influenza. Every year, more than 225,000 people are hospitalized and more than 35,000 die in the United States due to influenza and its complications.
“Flu season is beginning as it often does with just a few scattered cases,” Horton said. “Get your flu shot now to protect yourself and others before influenza comes to your neighborhood or workplace.”
CDPH increased this year’s shipment of flu vaccine to local health departments to 711,600 doses--more than 100,000 doses over last year’s shipment. The vaccine will be available through local flu shot clinics.
Flu vaccine is recommended for:
Children 6 months through 18 years of age.
Adults aged 50 and older.
Individuals of any age with chronic medical conditions.
Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
Individuals who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu.
Individuals who live with or care for children less than six months old.
Horton urged Californians to stop the spread of the flu by staying home when they are sick and washing hands thoroughly with soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
For more information about the flu, visit http://www.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/discond/Pages/Influenza(Flu).aspx. To find a flu clinic, visit the American Lung Association Web site at www.FluClinicLocator.org.