Courtesy of San Benito County Public Health Services:
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) urges Californians to get the influenza (flu) vaccine in September or October ahead of the arrival of influenza season.
Each year, flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and, sometimes, thousands or tens of thousands of deaths in the United States.
Common symptoms of the flu include fever or feeling feverish, a cough and/or sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, chills, fatigue and body aches. Children may also have nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
To stop the spread of flu and other respiratory illnesses, you should also:
• Stay home while sick and limit contact with others.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a sleeve or disposable tissue.
• Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
CDPH encourages Californians to contact their health care provider, physician’s office, clinic or pharmacy about obtaining the flu vaccine.
In addition, the San Benito County Public Health Services will be conducting a FREE Flu Vaccination Clinic at Veterans Memorial Building, located at 649 San Benito St. in Hollister on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 3 p.m.-8 p.m.
For more information regarding the flu and/or the upcoming clinic, please call Public Health Services at (831) 637- 5367 or go to our website at http://hhsa.cosb.us/.