CDPH Urges Immunization Against Flu
Dr. Ron Chapman, state health officer and director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today urged Californians who want protection from the flu to get immunized in order to prevent sickness, hospitalization and health complications resulting from the flu.
“Thousands of serious illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths can be prevented if Californians receive a flu vaccine as soon as possible,” Chapman said. “We can’t predict exactly when flu will arrive, but getting vaccinated now will help you and your family stay healthy when that time comes.”
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and CDPH recommend for anyone 6 months of age and older to get a flu vaccine. The flu vaccine is effective and safe.
This year, there are many types of flu vaccinations that may be offered. The most common vaccine is made from three influenza viruses (two A and a B). Newly available are ‘quadrivalent’ formulations that contain the same three viruses and an additional B virus which sometimes circulates in the United States.
“Even if you were vaccinated against the flu last year, you will need a new vaccine this year,” said Dr. Chapman. “Check with your health care provider if you have questions about your vaccine options.”
For information about low- and no-cost flu vaccines, consumers should contact their local health department. For more information about the flu, visit CDPH’s Immunization Branch Website at www.cdph.ca.gov.