Health officials encourage influenza vaccinations after flu activity spotted in San Diego County

SACRAMENTO (KRON) — The California Health Department are encouraging people to get their influenza vaccinations as the “flu” season approaches.

According to the California Health Dept., the flu season begins in late November or December in California and now is the time to get vaccinated as it takes weeks for the body to fully respond to the shot.

Health officials said, flu activity has already been spotted in San Diego County.

Flu vaccinations are most likely going to be only method available to fight off the illness, according to health officials. The nasal spray vaccine method are less likely available by health care providers due it’s low effectiveness.

A flu vaccination is the best way to protect oneself from contracting influenza.

“Deaths related to flu are tragic reminders that the flu virus needs to be taken very seriously,” said Dr. Smith. “A yearly flu shot is the best way to protect against infection and prevent others from coming down with the flu.”

Everyone who is six months of age or older, including pregnant women are highly encouraged to get vaccinated.

Health officials provided tips on how to stop the spread of the flu and other respiratory illnesses by the following.

  • Stay home when you are sick and limit your contact with others
  • Cover your coughs or sneezes with your sleeve or a disposable tissue
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth

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