[BHS Etree] BUSD: Flu Shot Information - It's Not Too Late to Get One!

BHS etree bhs at lists.lmi.net
Wed Jan 15 08:15:43 PST 2014

PLEASE do not reply to this message, contact Victoria Lopez, 
vlopez at cityofberkeley.info


Berkeley, California (Monday, January 13, 2014) - With the flu virus on 
the rise locally and throughout California, Berkeley Public Health 
advises residents to get a flu shot.

The increase of influenza activity has followed normal seasonal 
patterns, and it is expected to increase substantially in the coming 
weeks and months. However, the predominant strain in California is H1N1 
- one of the strains included in this year's flu vaccine targets.

The H1N1 virus has been observed to cause more illness in children and 
young adults compared to older adults, although severe illness has been 
seen in all age groups.

Though there have been no reported flu-related deaths in Berkeley, there 
have been several confirmed flu related deaths statewide.

A yearly flu shot, which is recommended for everyone 6 months and 
older, is the most important step in preventing influenza. A flu shot is 
especially important for pregnant women and other people at higher risk 
for severe influenza.

Unlike other vaccine preventable diseases, it is necessary to get a flu 
shot every year. Once vaccinated, it takes approximately two weeks 
before you are fully protected against the flu.

If you become ill, you can take actions to stop the spread of germs, 

. Stay home when you are sick
. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sneeze into the inside 
of your elbow
. Wash your hands frequently with soap/water
. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

Residents of Berkeley who have  health insurance (i.e. Kaiser, Med-Cal, 
Blue Cross Managed Care, etc.) should first check with their regular 
health care provider to receive the flu vaccine.  Flu shots are also 
available at many pharmacies.

Flu shots are available at the City of Berkeley Public Health 
Clinic during the flu season, for community members *_3 years of age and 
older (those between 6 months and 3 years of age needing a vaccination 
can call 981-5300 for help locating a source)_*.

Berkeley Public Health Immunization Clinic at 830 University Avenue

Mondays: 9:00 - 11:00 AM & 1:00 - 4:00 PM

For more information, call the City of Berkeley Public Health Clinic at 
(510) 981-5350 <tel:%28510%29%20981-5350>, or the Nurse of the Day at 
(510) 981-5300 <tel:%28510%29%20981-5300>.

*Victoria Lopez RN, PHN*

School-Linked Health Services Program

Health, Housing & Community Services Dept.

Berkeley Public Health Division

1947 Center Street, 2nd Floor

Berkeley, CA 94704

Tel: 510.981.7687 <tel:510.981.7687> Fax: 510.981.5395 <tel:510.981.5395>

Email: vlopez at cityofberkeley.info <mailto:vlopez at cityofberkeley.info>


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