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San Joaquin County health officer: It’s not too late to vaccinate for flu

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Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:04 am, Thu Dec 13, 2012.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports current surveillance data indicates this year's influenza season is well underway and levels of influenza activity are continuing to increase across the country. CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older should receive an annual seasonal flu vaccine as the single best way to protect against seasonal flu and its potential complications.

"All those who have not done so already, should get their annual flu vaccination now; it is not too late to protect yourself and your family against influenza this year," San Joaquin County Health Officer Dr. Karen Furst said in a press release.

It takes up to two weeks after vaccination for full immunity to take effect, and winter holiday activities and gatherings are prime opportunities for flu viruses to spread. Flu activity usually climbs in January, peaks in February and can last as late as May.

Vaccines are available through various sources in the community, including doctor's offices, neighborhood pharmacies, grocery stores and at some work sites. San Joaquin County Public Health Services provides the flu vaccine during its regular immunization clinic hours, for people of all ages who do not have a regular source of medical care that provides influenza vaccine. The fee is $15; however, no one will be denied services due to inability to pay.

Immunizations are available on a walk-in bases at the Lodi Health Center, 300 W. Oak St., from 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. on Fridays.

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