SACRAMENTO – With
influenza cases now confirmed in California,
the state’s public health officer
is urging those who want protection
from the flu to get immunized.
“Thousands of serious illnesses
and deaths can be prevented this flu
season if Californians get immunized
with a seasonal flu vaccine, our best
defense against the flu,” said
Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California
Department of Public Health (CDPH).
and the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention are again recommending
flu vaccine this year for everyone
six months of age and older. It is
especially important that certain groups
be vaccinated, like those who live
with or care for others who are at
a greater risk of developing complications.
These groups are:
younger than five;
50 years and older;
of any age with chronic medical
such as heart disease
who live in nursing homes or long-term
who live with or care for those
at high-risk for complications
from the flu, including
health care and day care workers.
Influenza is a viral
respiratory infection that can leave
its victims incapacitated for several
days with fever, muscle aches, sore
throat and cough. Each year an average
of 24,000 people die from influenza
and its complications in the United
Californians can obtain their flu
shot from their health care providers
or workplace wellness center:
find a flu clinic near you, visit
information about low- and no-cost
contact your local
more information about the flu,
visit the CDPH Immunization
Branch website at www.GetImmunizedCA.org.
To help stop the spread of flu and
other respiratory illnesses, Californians
home when sick.
their coughs or sneezes with
or a tissue, and
then properly dispose of used tissues.
hands thoroughly with soap and
warm water or an alcohol-based
hand sanitizer, avoiding contact with
eyes, nose and mouth.
healthy. Everyone benefits from
eating a balanced
diet, drinking plenty of water,
not smoking, and getting
adequate rest and
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