Public Health Department Urges Residents to Get Flu Shot and COVID-19 Booster

By the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department reminds the community that flu vaccination along with COVID-19 vaccination are critical in reducing the overall impact of respiratory illnesses on the community. The updated, more protective flu vaccines and COVID-19 boosters are available broadly for those eligible. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recommend that all people six months of age and older receive a flu vaccine every year. It is also critical for everyone ages 5 and up to receive the updated COVID-19 booster if it has been two months since their last COVID-19 vaccine dose, regardless of the type of dose received.

Respiratory infections, including Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), are on the rise in California, including here in Santa Barbara county. Persons with RSV infection typically have fever, cough, wheezing and runny nose. Infants and young children may be irritable, lethargic, feed poorly and have no fever. Persons may have RSV if they have respiratory symptoms and test negative for COVID-19 or flu. Although no vaccines are available to prevent RSV infections, antiviral treatments can be offered, especially for those at high risk for severe disease such as infants and older adults. Connect with your healthcare provider if you are experiencing symptoms and may
be at high risk.

“County Public Health is working closely with local healthcare providers to ensure prevention and treatment strategies are top of mind this fall and winter season,” shared Paige Batson, Deputy Director for Community Health. “Increases in RSV infections are being seen early this year which makes it especially critical for community members to get vaccinated against flu and COVID-19 as soon as possible.”

Flu and COVID-19 vaccination reduce the risk of disease, hospitalization and death. It is recommended to get a COVID-19 vaccine and a flu vaccine at the same time if you are eligible and the timing coincides. Even though both vaccines can be given at the same visit, people should follow the recommended schedule for either vaccine. It’s important to consider that it takes about two weeks after vaccination to develop antibodies that offer protection.

Vaccines are available from your usual health care provider as well as pharmacies. Many employers, schools, colleges, and universities also offer them. If you don't have a doctor to go to regularly, you can locate flu vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine providers in Santa Barbara County at

For more information about local COVID-19 impacts, flu season reports, and preventing respiratory illness, visit

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  1. No one finds it backwards that the UC system requires covid vaccines AND boosters but not annual flu shots, when the mortality rate for the flu his higher for that age bracket AND the flu shots are more effective at preventing a flu infection than a covid shot is at preventing a covid infection? We’re 2.5 years into this and still placing covid health concerns above all others. When can we return to rationality?

  2. Only a handful of vaccines before the mRNA vaccines for COVID had efficacy approaching 90%. A 50% efficacy used to be considered excellent.
    And I realize that your only purpose is to spread antivax FUD, so you’ll persist in posting falsehoods, but for others who may be new to this, it’s important to educate them so they don’t believe the dangerous nonsense you fools continually peddle.
    No vaccine has ever prevented transmission 100%. But, to stop an epidemic, you apply vaccines to reduce the Rnought replication factor of the pathogen. Even a small reduction in Rnought has a tremendous impact on the progression of an epidemic, because its effect is exponential. That’s why even a 50% efficacy does wonders for public health.
    It’s all been explained, ad nauseam, and you still do (and will) continue to spread your horse manure, because instead of using critical thinking, you only repeat what your tribal propaganda feeds you.

  3. Per the NY State Supreme Court, who reinstated all fired unvaxxed employees and ordered backpay, says the state violated rights, acted arbitrarily and capriciously, and noted “Being vaccinated does not prevent an induvial from contracting or transmitting Covid-19”. All of you who spewed such hate towards people who didn’t clamor over the vax, who demanded they be refused healthcare, treated as second class citizens and locked in their homes, the true science deniers and propaganda believers, we may eventually forgive, but we will not forget.

    • “Being vaccinated does not prevent an induvial from contracting or transmitting Covid-19” – no shinola, Sherlock. No one ever said it was 100% effective. Never. Not once. Never. Stop pretending to be outraged about this common knowledge. It’s over, give it a rest. The Penalty Box is getting full of your comments. Cut Ed a break!

    • You keep clinging to that 100% like it might be some non-zero number below that, and you’re wrong. The NY Supreme Court didn’t say “being vaccinated does not 100% prevent” they said “being vaccinated does not prevent”. CDC Director Walensky didn’t say they can’t “prevent 100% (or 75% or 50% or 20%) of transmission” she said it can’t “prevent transmission”. Don’t try to justify you treating others as second class citizens, you and others were 100% wrong to do so, you were the science deniers and propaganda believers. By all means boost up to protect yourself but don’t try to dust bin the position you took on vax mandates and negative consequences it caused millions. We will not forget.

    • “We will not forget.” – Good. I hope it keeps you up at night thinking how much you praised the former administration and made excuses for its actions that killed thousands, if not millions, of Americans by outright LYING to them about the efficiency of the vaccine. NEVER forget what you supported.

  4. SBLETS: “If you all agree that the Vax does not prevent spreading then why was it required for everyone to get the Vax?
    The Vax protected an individual from serious illness.”
    You answered your own question. Plus, back then, it DID help slow transmission. Countless studies have been posted confirming this.

    • Fact check: False. By the time the vaccine, based on the Alpha variant, was available other variants had already become dominant and the bit of transmission protection it did provide was lost. A few month later when Delta became dominant it was all but gone (as it relates to reducing transmission). SB Gets Along, you posed some good questions: “People lost jobs, can’t go to school, we’re prevented from seeing grandma, who was vaccinated. Why? If you knew all along that the vaccinated spread the disease then you knew the vaccinated were to blame for spreading as much as anyone.
      Did vaccinated loose their jobs? Why not? They spread the disease just like the unvaxed [sic]”.

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