(Victor Valley)– A seasonal flu shot is recommended every year for persons 6 months of age and older, to help protect you, your family, and the community from the flu. The flu is an illness caused by influenza viruses and is easily spread from one person to another. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and can lead to hospitalization and even death. Avoid the flu by getting vaccinated today.
This year, there are many types of flu vaccinations that your medical provider may offer. The most common vaccine is made from three influenza viruses (two A and a B). Newly available are quadrivalent formulations that contain the same three viruses and an additional B virus which sometimes circulates in the United States. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices does not have a preference of one type of influenza vaccine over another type.
A seasonal flu shot is especially recommended for these high risk groups:
*Depending on previous vaccination history, children aged 6 months through 8 years may be required to receive two doses of influenza vaccine
In addition to getting the flu vaccine, prevent the spread of illness by following these steps:
For information about low- and no-cost flu vaccines, contact the Communicable Disease Section at 1-800-722-4794, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the flu, visit CDPH’s Immunization Branch website. To find a flu clinic, visit http://flushot.healthmap.org/.