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The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered all residents to shelter at home, leaving only to receive or provide essential services, starting 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 17. See details of the Order, frequently asked questions, and recommendations from Berkeley Public Health at https://www.cityofberkeley.info/coronavirus.

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The City of Berkeley web site is undergoing scheduled maintenance starting on Friday night, September 13 and ending on Saturday afternoon, September 14. During this time, most web pages should be available, but some resources may become unavailable for short periods of time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 5/9/19, at 7:00pm? Please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UAnZ8kU8EWllREyOY7rwQ/. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 2/28/19, from 6:00 to 11:00 PM? Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same date and time.

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WITH THE FLU VIRUS WIDESPREAD IN THE BAY AREA, VACCINATE

Berkeley, California (Thursday, January 12, 2017) - With public health departments around the Bay Area announcing that influenza activity is increasing and at "widespead levels," there is still time to get a flu shot.

Public health officials recommend the annual flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older, including pregnant women. Flu activity reaches its highest levels between December and FebruaryIn addition to getting the vaccine, health officials advise people to take the following steps to protect themselves and loved ones from influenza.

  • Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue.
  • If you do not have a tissue, cough into your elbow.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Stay home when you are sick, and stay home until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours. 

In the United States, influenza activity reaches its highest levels between December and February, and may continue through May so it is not too late to get vaccinated against influenza.

Flu specimens that have been tested match very closely to the current vaccine strains, which means the vaccine provides good protection against the flu. People at highest risk for severe complications from influenza include adults 65 years of age and older, children less than 5 years old, pregnant women, and those with certain medical conditions like asthma, heart disease, and weakened immune systems.

Dr. Robert Benjamin, Berkeley's Interim Public Health Officer, recommends that all individuals six months of age and older be vaccinated against influenza.  "Influenza vaccination is a safe and effective way to protect you and your family from the flu," said Benjamin. "It's not too late to get vaccinated." 

Symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue. People at higher risk of severe disease who show flu symptoms should contact their medical provider. Medical providers may prescribe antiviral medications that reduce the severity and duration of illness. Antibiotics are not effective against the flu.

For more information about influenza visit the CDPH influenza web page. To find a flu vaccine at a location near you, visit the Vaccine Finder.

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