The 2009-2010 flu season introduced a new flu virus called H1N1 which spread around the world causing the first pandemic in more than 40 years. It is expected that H1N1 will continue to spread with each flu season, making it even more important to prevent getting the flu.
This year the seasonal flu vaccine will include protection against the H1N1 virus. It is recommended that everyone get a flu shot. Some children may need a second dose of the seasonal flu vaccine.
Protect yourself and your loved ones!
Steps to prevent or lessen the impact of Influenza (Flu)
Everyday steps to stay healthy
- Wash hands often and thoroughly – sing happy birthday twice
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or shirt sleeve
- Use a tissue, throw it away and then wash your hands
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
- Skip the quick hug or embrace when greeting your old friend
- Flu viruses can spread from person to person through coughing, sneezing, by touching something with flu viruses on it, and in some cases through the air
Steps to take if you or someone in your family gets the flu
- STAY HOME – if sick stay home from work or school
- CALL FIRST – call your medical practitioner or clinic BEFORE you leave the house
- MAKE A PLAN – consider actions to take care of you and your family:
- What you and your family are going to do if the babysitter is ill
- If your child becomes ill
- If you have to stay home to take care of someone who is ill
Symptoms of influenza can cause mild to severe illness, including: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, and chills.
Health Department clinics do not provide primary care. If ill, you need to first call your primary care provider (family doctor) before going to the office and discuss what your symptoms are so the staff there can respond appropriately.
Please contact your primary care provider (family doctor) or local pharmacy for flu vaccine locations or click on the link “flu.gov locator” for locations near you.
For more information on these requirements and classifications, please visit The Centers for Disease Control website.
Everyone older than 6 months should receive the flu vaccine. The following groups are especially encouraged to get vaccinated:
The Pima County Health Department recommends that you call the participating pharmacy before you go for your vaccine to assure they accept your specific insurance and are able to administer the vaccine for your age group. For a list of vaccination locations near you click on the Flu.gov Locator icon located on this webpage.
- Women who are pregnant during the influenza season
- People 50 years and older
- Infants and young children (6 months‐4 years old)
- Residents of nursing home or long‐term care facilities
- American Indians/Native Alaskans
- People with underlying medical conditions
- Chronic pulmonary problems including asthma
- Cardiovascular disease (except for high blood pressure)
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Neurologic disease
- Hematologic disease
- Diabetes and other metabolic disorders
- Morbid obesity (body‐mass index >40)
- Receiving long‐term aspirin therapy (ages 6 months‐18 years) due to the possible risk of developing Reye’s syndrome
For additional information regarding the influenza virus call the Disease Information Line (520) 243-7800 or 1-(800) 939-7462.
Documents and Resources
Flu Guide for Parents - English Spanish