The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has released a statement to local residents stating that “flu season is fast approaching and it is time to get a flu shot.” Significant flu activity can begin as early as October, last as late as May, and typically peaks in February. The flu is caused by the influenza virus, which infects the respiratory tract (nose, throat, lungs). Unlike many other viral respiratory infections, such as the common cold, the flu can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications.

An annual flu vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu and the flu-related complications. Health experts across the country recommend that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine. Vaccines are available from regular health care providers as well as retail pharmacies. The flu vaccine is the single best way to prevent the flu.

Flu shots are covered by Medi-Cal, Medicare and by most insurance plans.  

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