The health department said that flu vaccination should also be a priority for those persons who live with or care for persons at higher risk for influenza-related complications.
It's flu season and with one death reported early on in Riverside County, officials are urging everyone 6 months and older to get vaccinated.
I realize that I've written about the flu and the importance of immunization already this year ... and last year ... and the year before that.
CDC recommends that everyone six months and older who has not been vaccinated yet this season, get vaccinated now.
Flu vaccines are available from your doctor and at many retail pharmacies. Next time you see a sign that says, "Get Your Flu Vaccine Here", stop in and get one, and encourage your friends and family to do the same. This year there are many flu vaccine options available, and residents should speak with a healthcare provider about which flu vaccine is best for them.
It can take up to two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, so getting vaccinated now would still provide protection from the flu over the holidays.
The flu, or Influenza, is a viral infection of the respiratory tract. Most people recover from the flu without complications, but nationwide there are up to 200,000 hospitalizations from flu each year. These measures include covering your mouth when coughing and sneezing, staying at home when you or your children are sick and washing your hands frequently.
The Fairfield Health Department will be participating in a statewide effort urging all individuals to get a flu shot and have the power of the "Florce".