Influenza, also called the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. Symptoms of the flu may be similar to those of the common cold, but are usually more severe, and can lead to complications that require hospitalization. The Santa Clara County Public Health Department recommends every person age 6 months and older be vaccinated for their own protection, as well as the protection of those they care for, work with and live with. Anyone can get the flu (even healthy people), and serious problems from flu can happen at any age. Those most at risk from serious complications include people over age 65, people with certain chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), pregnant women, and young children.
The best way to avoid getting the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year. On this page, you’ll find information on why and where to get a flu shot, and about ways to safeguard yourself, your family and those around you from the flu.
Flu in Santa Clara County:
The Santa Clara County Public Health Department (SCCPHD) monitors influenza activity throughout the year. SCCPHD releases weekly flu reports during flu season.
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How to prevent flu
You can take the following steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu:
- Get a flu shot. It's not too late to get vaccinated.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, since hands may become contaminated with live influenza virus.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If soap and water are not available, an alcohol-based hand rub may be used.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people. Stay at least 6 feet away from individuals who are visibly ill.
- If you are sick, stay home from work or school until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours. Going to work or school while ill may pass the disease onto someone who is at risk for serious complications. Monitor your symptoms and contact your medical provider if your symptoms are getting worse.
- If you are seriously ill and at risk for complications from the flu, contact your medical provider because you may need additional treatment or hospital care.
Where to get a flu vaccine:
Santa Clara County vaccine clinics:
Adult Immunization and Travel Clinic flu vaccines
Better Health Pharmacy flu vaccines
Additional flu vaccine resources:
If you have health insurance, you can visit your regular healthcare provider.
Flu Shots for Adults
Flu Shots for Kids
HealthMap Vaccine Finder
Printable flu tips:
Flu Tips for Faith Based Communities
Flu Tips for Schools
Flu Tips for Child Care Centers