Influenza (the flu) is a seasonal contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses.
Common flu symptoms may include:
runny or stuffy nose
chills and fatigue
Flu illness can be severe; resulting in hospitalization and at times can lead to death.
The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.
CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get their yearly flu vaccine now. Flu vaccine is especially important for infants, young children, pregnant women, adults over 50, and for those with chronic conditions.
Flu virus is mainly spread through droplets from coughs and sneezes. Remember these important everyday steps to help stop the spread of germs:
cover your cough with a sleeve or tissue
wash your hands often
stay home if you are sick
Where to Get a Flu Vaccine
Flu vaccine for the 2012-13 season is now available in Orange County. Flu vaccine (flu shot or nasal spray) is available from health care providers, clinics, and pharmacies throughout the county. Contact your health care provider for more information or use the flu vaccine finder below.
If you do not have a medical provider, or if you do not have health insurance coverage, you may obtain your flu shot free of charge from the Health Care Agency 17th Street Public Health Clinic, located at 1725 W. 17th Street, Santa Ana, 92706. Click here for the 17th Street HCA flu clinic schedule.
The flu shot is available for everyone ages 6 months and older.
The flu nasal spray (limited supply) is available for healthy people ages 2 – 49 years who are not pregnant and do not have certain health conditions.
You should delay getting a flu shot if you are sick or have a fever.
Walk-in Clinic—No appointment is needed.
Please wear a short sleeve shirt.
If you have any questions, please call the Health Referral line at 1 (800) 564-8448, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
More Information About Seasonal Influenza (Flu)
CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get their yearly flu vaccine now. While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it's especially important that certain people get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications. These groups include:
Children younger than 5 years—especially children younger than 2 years old
People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
Health care workers
Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)
There are two types of flu vaccine:
Flu shot—is given by injection and uses inactivated (killed) influenza virus and is safe for everyone 6 months and older, including pregnant women. Tell your doctor if you have any severe (life-threatening) allergies, including a severe allergy to eggs. More information on the influenza vaccine.
Flu nasal spray—contains live, attenuated (weakened) influenza vaccine (LAIV). It is sprayed into the nostrils. LAIV is recommended for healthy people 2 through 49 years of age, who are not pregnant and do not have certain health conditions. More information on Flu nasal spray.