[BHS Etree] BUSD: Flu Shot Information - It's Not Too Late to Get One!
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Wed Jan 15 08:15:43 PST 2014
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vlopez at cityofberkeley.info
IT'S NOT TOO LATE FOR A FLU SHOT
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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