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Got Flu? Join the Club! But Vaccinations Can Still Help You Avoid the Bug

Besides stores and HMOs, clinics offering low-cost flu vaccinations are all over San Diego County.

State residents are catching the flu—but also catching a break, according to health officials.

Some 47 states have “widespread” cases of influenza, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Golden State isn’t one of them.

“Five states with ‘minimal’ flu activity are California, Kentucky, Maine, Connecticut and Montana,” according to a Huffington Post report.

But that’s little solace for those forced to skip work or school to nurse themselves back to health.

Two days ago, 10News.com reported that 361 flu cases had been logged in the county—up from 108 for this time last year. The total includes the deaths of two women, 92 and 89.

“Influenza activity is definitely rising and people should take precautions to avoid getting sick,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, county public health officer. “The best protection against the flu is to get vaccinated. It is not too late to be immunized.”

A total of 143 cases in San Diego County were reported the week ending Jan. 5, a 77 percent increase from the previous week, when 81 cases were reported.

Influenza can be a serious and deadly disease, especially for the elderly and young infants, as well as for people with chronic conditions like heart disease or diabetes.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine every year. The vaccine is especially important for people who are at higher risk of developing serious complications from the flu, including people with certain medical conditions, pregnant women, and people 65 years and older.

In addition to getting vaccinated, people should also do the following to avoid getting sick:

  •   Wash hands thoroughly and often.
  •   Use hand sanitizers.
  •   Stay away from sick people.
  •   Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  •   Clean commonly touched surfaces.
  •   If you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with others.

The vaccine is available throughout San Diego County at doctors’ offices and retail pharmacies. County public health centers have flu vaccine available for children and adults with no medical insurance. For a list of locations, visit sdiz.org or call 2-1-1.  

The charge for the immunization visit is $10, no matter how many shots are given. The fee may be waived if you are unable to pay. Please note that County Public Health Centers and their satellite clinics are closed on weekends and holidays.

Here is a list of county public health center flu immunization clinics.

  • Central Region Public Health Center, 5202 University Ave., San Diego, 92105, (619) 229-5400
  • VIP Immunization Trailer, 3177A Oceanview Blvd., San Diego, 92113, (619) 595-4452
  • North Central Region Public Health Center, 5055 Ruffin Rd., San Diego, 92123, (858) 573-7300
  • Satellite Flu Immunization Clinic at Mission Bay High School, 2475 Grand Ave., San Diego, 92109, (858) 573-7300
  • South Region Public Health Center, 690 Oxford St., Chula Vista, 91911, (619) 409-3110
  • East Region Public Health Center, 460 N. Magnolia Ave., Suite 110, El Cajon, 92020, (619) 441-6500
  • Fallbrook Public Health Office, 130 E. Alvarado, Fallbrook, 92028, (760) 967-4401
  • New Hope Church (Rancho Peñasquitos), 10330 Carmel Mountain Rd., Rancho Peñasquitos, 92029, (760) 740-4000
  • North Coastal Public Health Center, 104 S. Barnes St., Oceanside, 92054, (760) 967-4401
  • North Inland Public Health Center, 606 East Valley Pkwy, Escondido, 92025, (760) 740-4000
  • Ramona Public Health Office, 1521 Main St., Ramona, 92065, (760) 740-4000
  • Solana Beach Presbyterian Church, 120 Stevens Ave. (Debin Hall), Solana Beach, 92075, (760) 967-4401
Al Ein January 12, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Show the statistical data that flu shots help prevent the flu. They don't exist. The fact is Flu shots have are not proven to positively affect the spread of the flu and people are needlessly pumping unknown chemicals in their vains with no understanding of the long term impact. The body is much better at fighting bugs than a yearly flu shot. Eat and sleep right and if you catch the flu, rest and get over it. Geeze, many people wants the Government to take care of them on every issue. Maybe you should learn to wipe your own backside.
robin January 12, 2013 at 04:31 PM
The sole family got the flu shot in November and now all of us have the flu.
Ted January 12, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Flu vaccinations are over-hyped and not particularly effective (especially for the elderly). A better idea: optimize your vitamin D levels. Vitamin D deficiency is disturbingly common and strongly associated with immune system compromise (that is why winter is flu season in temperate climates and the rainy season in the tropics - people get less sun exposure which lowers vitamin D levels). http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/05/reassessing-flu-shots-as-the-season-draws-near/
Mark January 13, 2013 at 02:38 AM
CVS gives flu shots. $31.00 without insurance. I just got one a couple of hours ago. They take walk ons.
Al Ein January 14, 2013 at 05:08 AM
You just wasted $31 dollars. The chance of the people guess that that have the exact strain of flue that will spread a year from now is close to zero. Sorry but go do something with more positive odds like buy a lottery ticket. Haaa. You did help CVS's profit though.
Ed Sorrels January 15, 2013 at 07:07 AM
Do you actually believe this crap you write, "Absolutely Prove" they don't have to just that any thinking individual will with a PROVEN 62% effectiveness get their flu shots. The Flu is a world class killer, in 1918 and1919 the spanish flu killed more people than WWI over 150 million world wide, I am going to use any thing that might give me a better chance of not contracting it. I was in Manila in april 1957 when the Hong Kong flu broke out in late April and there were were 100 to 150 people a day dying, By mid may the U.S. Govt. had developed a flu shot to hopefully counteract the flu and they flew it out to us and we were glad to take them,, There were two you had to get in the back and they hurt like hell, but we all took them gladly. The information you give is not factual just your own ideas and should not be spread to disuade others as you do them a disservice !
Ed Sorrels January 15, 2013 at 07:10 AM
Smart Mark, the flu is a world class killer and anything that you can do to reduce your chances is a really smart move.
Ed Sorrels January 15, 2013 at 07:15 AM
And do you have any idea just where your body get's the bug's to fight the flyu bug's, I would suggest you do some reading on what the shots are and how they are developed. A little factual understanding might change your mind, Altho I doubt it, if there is anything to Natural selection, maybe when you catch it and are removed from the gene pool others will come to understand just how dangerous it is and you will have preformed a really important service to humanity instead of this drivel !

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