Public Health Officials Urge Residents To Get A Flu Shot

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Source: Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department reminds residents that flu season is only weeks away and that it is time to get a flu shot. Significant flu activity can begin as early as October, last as late as May, and typically peaks in February. The flu is caused by the influenza virus, which infects the respiratory tract (nose, throat, lungs). Unlike many other viral respiratory infections, such as the common cold, the flu can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications. 

To highlight the importance of influenza vaccination, especially among healthcare workers and students, the Santa Barbara County Health Officer and the Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools joined together to get their flu shots. Charity Dean, M.D. and Susan Salcido, Ed.D. hope to set an example for the community as seen in the photo above. 

Yearly flu vaccination should begin as soon as vaccine is available, and should continue throughout the flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it can take about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, so make plans to get vaccinated early. Health experts across the country recommend that everyone 6 months and older, including pregnant women, get a flu vaccine. Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses for the upcoming flu season. 

Getting a flu vaccine is more convenient than ever before. Vaccines are available from your regular health care provider as well as retail pharmacies. Many employers, schools, colleges, and universities also offer them. The flu vaccine is the single best way to prevent the flu. Find other locations offering the vaccine on the Flu Vaccine Resource sheet (See following pages) or by visiting www.VaccineFinder.org. 

Flu shots are covered by Medi-Cal, Medicare and by most insurance plans. Find more information about the flu and flu vaccine at www.cdc.gov/flu. 

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Flu Vaccine Resources

Influenza (Flu Basics)

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Symptoms can include fever, chills, coughing, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills, fatigue, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones: Get Vaccinated

The CDC recommends that all people 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine every flu season. While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, getting vaccinated is particularly important for people at high risk of serious flu-related complications and close contacts of people at high-risk. Yearly flu vaccination should begin as soon as vaccine is available and continue throughout the flu season which can last as late as May. 

Where do I get vaccinated?

Flu shots are covered by most health insurance plans, Medicare Part B, Medi-Cal and the Vaccines For Children Program (VFC). Check with your child’s provider to see if they participate in the VFC Program. To get a flu vaccine to check with your regular health care provider. Even if you don’t have a regular health care provider, you can get a flu vaccine from one of these other locations:

Santa Barbara County Health Care Centers / Community Clinics / Hospitals

  • Community Health Centers of the Central Coast - www.chccc.org - 1-866-614-4636
  • Cottage Health Systems Flu Hotline – www.sbch.org
  • Marian Community Clinic – 805-739-3890
  • Sansum Clinics Flu Hotline - www.sansumclinic.org - 805-681-7805
  • Santa Barbara County Health Care Centers (HCC) – www.sbcphd.org
    • Carpinteria HCC 805-560-1050 / Franklin HCC 805-568-2099 / Lompoc HCC 805-737-6400 / Santa Maria HCC 805-346-7230
  • Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics – www.sbclinics.org 
    • Eastside 805-963-1641 / Isla Vista 805-968-1511 / Westside 805-963-1546 / Goleta 805-617-7878

Free Community Based Flu Clinic

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department Free Community Flu Clinic for 2 and over: Goleta Valley Community Center - October 25, 2018 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Other Resources

Several pharmacy and store chains are offering flu vaccine. For more information visit http://flushot.healthmap.org/ or one of the sites below:

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a-1544921887 Sep 25, 2018 09:34 AM
Public Health Officials Urge Residents To Get A Flu Shot

My grandmother died during the flu epidemic of1919-1920, when my mother was a baby. I have a medical condition that precludes my getting a flu shot, so people who get a flu shot are helping people like me! Please get a flu shot -- I would if I could!

a-1544921887 Sep 25, 2018 08:41 AM
Public Health Officials Urge Residents To Get A Flu Shot

Getting a flu shot is like installing 5 year old anti-malware on your computer. It's old, it's outdated, it doesn't cover the most current release. So come on everyone! Inject yourself with last years strain so you can get a mild flu!

a-1544921887 Sep 24, 2018 04:37 PM
Public Health Officials Urge Residents To Get A Flu Shot

This was such a brilliant marketing scheme by big pharma. We went YEARS without any flu shots - you got the flu and got over it, and it strenghtened your immune system. I can understand folks with compromised immunity whether due to age or illness getting one but this push for perfectly healthy people to get one is pure money grab.

macpuzl Sep 24, 2018 04:47 PM
Public Health Officials Urge Residents To Get A Flu Shot

Yeah, those tens of thousands of people who die from the flu each year (in the US alone) are just a marketing ploy. The story that is just as likely to be true is that "big pharma" invented and funds the anti-vax movement to cause more people to be seriously ill, and thus sell more medicine. It all comes down to whether you want to believe centuries of medical data on the efficacy of vaccines, or put your trust in internet loons.

Abc109 Sep 25, 2018 10:01 AM
Public Health Officials Urge Residents To Get A Flu Shot

Same here. What a racket. And yes, I did vaccinate my child. The two have nothing to do with each other. Vaccines work excellently against mostly fixed diseases. But getting a "flu" shot when there are almost two hundred sub-types and counting doesn't hold much allure for me, personally . No need to take it personally.

macpuzl Sep 24, 2018 03:25 PM
Public Health Officials Urge Residents To Get A Flu Shot

Don't let the FUD spread by anti-vaxxers get in the way of facts: =========================================================== https://www.livescience.com/40279-flu-shot-information.html =========================================================== http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/most-kids-who-died-flu-weren-t-vaccinated-study-finds-n742046 =========================================================== http://www.livescience.com/57488-vaccine-safety-numbers.html =========================================================== http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/11/24/457103549/worried-about-the-flu-shot-lets-separate-fact-from-fiction?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=news

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