California officials say flu vaccine is part of holiday health
To prevent spreading germs to loved ones, it is best to stay home if any symptoms appear. Covering sneezes and coughs with a tissue is important, as is tossing the tissue into a garbage can. It is crucial to wash hands often using warm water and soap or a hand sanitizer that has alcohol.
From December to February, Americans experience the height of influenza activity. Sometimes this flu activity can last until May.
The vaccine is available now, and when people receive the vaccine they need two weeks to have the full protection from the shot. This is especially important for people who are more at risk for the influenza, such as pregnant women, seniors and people who have compromised immune systems.
“The holiday season is a time to enjoy getting together with friends and family,” CDPH Director Karen Smith said. “Unfortunately, it’s also often when many people catch the flu. Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself against influenza and to protect those around you as well. Don’t let the flu ruin your holidays.”