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Public Health urges flu shots for everyone 6 months and older, including pregnant women

Berkeley, California (Friday, October 04, 2019) - Berkeley Public Health urges everyone six months and older to get vaccinated well before the flu season to help stop the spread of the virus and protect everyone's health, especially the most vulnerable.

With the flu season being unpredictable, vaccinating early is important! Getting vaccinated can help stop the spread of the virus and can protect everyone's health. It is important to get the flu vaccine every year because flu strains change over time.

Those who have private health insurance should check with their regular health care provider to receive the flu vaccine. In addition to contacting your health care provider, visit HealthMap Vaccine Finder to find locations near you that provide vaccinations. Many pharmacies also provide free and low cost flu vaccinations to the public.  

Those who don't have easy access to flu vaccines through their provider can visit the City of Berkeley Public Health Clinic. The Clinic offers free flu vaccines for all community members 3 years of age and older. No appointment is needed during the following walk-in hours:
        Flu Vaccination Hours 
        City of Berkeley Public Health Clinic
        830 University Avenue  
        Mondays & Tuesdays: 9-11am and 1-4pm 
        Thursdays: 10am-12 noon and 2-4:30pm

"It is important to be proactive in the fight against the flu. A flu vaccine will help you stay healthy" says Dr. Lisa Hernandez, City of Berkeley Public Health Officer.

Timely flu vaccines help prevent a disease that hospitalizes hundreds of thousands, and kills tens of thousands of Americans every year.

"Vaccination not only reduces the risk of catching the flu, it also reduces the chance that you will be hospitalized," said Dr. Hernandez.

Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue. People who experience symptoms should stay home for at least 24 hours after their fever goes away.

Help stop the spread of the virus:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • If you don't have a tissue to cough into, cover your nose and mouth with your elbow or arm
  • Limit your contact with others and stay home from work or school if you are ill

Certain groups may experience complications from the flu and should contact their healthcare provider immediately. These groups include pregnant women, children younger than five years old, adults 65 and older, and people with chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, asthma, and diabetes.  Medical providers can prescribe antiviral medications that reduce the severity and duration of illness. Anyone who is very sick should go to the emergency room for treatment. 

Contact the Public Health Division at (510)981-5300 for more information or check our City of Berkeley Public Health website at https://www.cityofberkeley.info/flushot/ 


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