2018 Flu Season
The Medical Center is discouraging visitors except for care partners and immediate family members 16 and older. For the safety of the patients, anyone exhibiting any illness will be asked to come back at a later time once they are fully healthy.
Each year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) (www.cdc.gov) recommends a new flu vaccine to protect against the upcoming strains of influenza. The 2017 - 2018 flu vaccine will protect against the three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season. It will not prevent illness caused by other viruses. It takes up to two weeks for protection to develop after the shot, and protection lasts six-months to one year. Palomar Health, working under national guidelines provided by the CDC, is prepared to vaccinate as many individuals as possible, age 9 and older, through its community flu shot clinics. Palomar Health nurses will provide the influenza vaccine by injection to persons 9 years of age and older.
Palomar Health expresscare Clinics will also be providing seasonal flu vaccinations for persons 4 years of age and older. Visit www.PalomarHealth.org/expresscare for more information, including fees.
Find more information on preventive steps you can take to avoid the flu.