County officials: Get your flu shot

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – County officials are encouraging everyone to get the gift of health this season by getting a flu shot.

In an effort to protect the public, county health experts are suggesting one change the way you greet people this holiday season.

‘Tis the season of the fist bump. No handshakes, so you don’t get the flu.

“Just the exchange of hands, germs, that’s the way the virus gets spread. It’s a simple thing that has a large benefit and prevention,” said Nick Macchione.

The county brought out the big guns in health care on this first day of December. Doctors, nurses, hospital representatives, all standing in unison, encouraging everyone to get a flu shot.

Dr. Wilma Wooten said, “If you get the vaccine, and you are exposed to the flu, your chances of getting the flu are diminished. It doesn’t mean you won’t get the flu, but if you do, your symptoms will be much, much less.”

70 people died in San Diego County of the flu last season. The young and the elderly are at a higher risk.

And those vaccines? County officials say there is no excuse not to get one.

“Whether at the doctors office, pharmacies, some major stores, or go to a county facility, if you don’t have insurance. There’s vaccine available,” said Ron Roberts.

Doctors say most cases of the flu will resolve themselves if you stay hydrated and rest. Only go to the emergency room if you have severe symptoms like chest pain, vomiting or dizziness.

If your baby gets sick, get medical attention.

“If they are crying and not producing tears, if the diaper is not as wet, and there’s a significant change in urine production, these can be troubling,” said Dr. Nora Faine.

Get vaccinated, cover your cough, was your hands, and stay home if you are sick.

There will be plenty of vaccines to go around. The CDC expects 150 million doses will be used this flu season.

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