The agency says 36,000 people nationwide die every year from the flu, and getting a shot in advance is the best prevention.
Other suggested precautions include thorough and frequent hand washing, or use of hand sanitizers; staying away from sick people; avoiding touching the eyes, nose, and mouth; and regularly cleaning commonly touched surfaces.
"The best protection against the flu is to get vaccinated," said county Supervisor Greg Cox. "I already received my shot and I hope every eligible county resident will get their shot too."
The county recommends that everyone 6 months old and up get a flu shot. It is especially important for people in higher-risk categories, such as children under 5 years old, adults over 65, pregnant women and those with long-term conditions like asthma, diabetes, blood disorders and lung disease.
Influenza caused the deaths of 58 people in San Diego County in 2009, at the height of the H1N1 pandemic, more than twice as many as any other recent year, the HHSA reported. The second-worst year for fatalities was 2010, with 24 deaths.
The San Diego Black Nurses Association administered hundreds of free flu shots to those who attended the county's kickoff event at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center in the Skyline area.
The county of San Diego's immunization program has a website with more information, at sdiz.org.
Friday, April 18 2014 2:50 AM EDT2014-04-18 06:50:12 GMT
Authorities have released the 911 tapes in the deadly crash of a tour bus and a FedEx truck in Northern California.
Authorities have released the 911 tapes in the deadly crash of a tour bus and a FedEx truck in Northern California. This, as the CHP is working to reconstruct what happened before and during the crash.
Thursday, April 17 2014 11:11 PM EDT2014-04-18 03:11:21 GMT
A federal criminal complaint unsealed in San Diego Thursday charges a fourth Navy officer with accepting cash, luxury travel and consumer electronics from a foreign defense contractor.
A federal criminal complaint unsealed in San Diego Thursday charges a fourth Navy officer with accepting cash, luxury travel and consumer electronics from a foreign defense contractor in exchange for classified and internal U.S. maritime military information.