Health campaign encourages people to get flu jab

Henrietta Brewer
October 7, 2017

6, confirmed the county's first influenza case of the new flu season.

The Health Care Agency will offer free seasonal flu vaccinations beginning November 1 for those age 6 months or older who don't have health insurance.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would like nearly everyone six months and older to get the flu shot by the end of this month. When the amount of influenza antibodies in the test subjects' blood was measured four weeks and 16 weeks post-vaccination, the researchers found that only positive mood seemed to impact vaccine effectiveness. "The flu vaccine can significantly reduce the chances of people getting flu so it is very important that those who are eligible for the vaccine by their GP, local community pharmacist or employer take up the offer to ensure they are protected".

The Beat Flu Campaign encourages those who need it most to get protection each year against influenza, a potentially risky disease. She adds, even though the virus is spreading earlier than usual, it's not too late to get the flu shot if you'd like to get one.

The county is sponsoring free flu shot clinics this month.

State public health officials will give weekly updates on the flu, but the first report isn't until October 12. Locations are available online at or by calling 211 San Diego.

The vaccine is also available throughout San Diego County at doctors' offices and retail pharmacies.

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