Flu 2021-2022


Seasonal influenza (flu) and COVID-19 viruses will be circulating this fall and winter and everyone 6 months of age and older is highly encouraged to get vaccinated against the flu. Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause mild to severe illness. A bad case of the flu can result in hospitalization or even death. Older adults and those with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated.

The more people vaccinated; the more people protected. Do your part. Get a flu vaccine this fall!

What is Influenza (Flu)?

Influenza or "Flu" is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. Symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills, fatigue, vomiting, and diarrhea. The flu can include some or all of these symptoms, which can range from mild to severe. Anyone can get the flu but some people are at higher risk of developing complications if they become sick. This includes people 65 years and older, people with certain chronic medical conditions, pregnant women, and children under the age of five. 

Getting a yearly flu vaccine is the most important step in preventing flu. Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every year. For more information about where to get vaccinated in Santa Barbara County, check out the Flu Vaccine Resource Flyer.  

For Health Care Providers

Health Officer Order for Influenza Vaccination or Masking of All Health Care Workers (HCW) During Influenza Season

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department Influenza Report
Each week during the flu season (usually starting at the beginning of October and ending by the middle of May) the Epidemiology Program updates this report with data collected across the county to get an idea of influenza activity in the area.
For the latest Influenza Report, visit:  https://countyofsb.org/phd/epidemiology/seasonal-flu.sbc
To receive the weekly Influenza Report, contact Michelle Wehmer at Michelle.Wehmer@sbcphd.org

Sentinel Provider Program
The California Sentinel Provider Influenza Surveillance Program is a partnership between clinicians, local health departments (LHDs), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct surveillance for influenza-like illness (ILI).
Interested in Becoming a Sentinel Provider? Visit:  https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/Sentinel-Provider-Program.aspx

CDC's Influenza Information for Health Care Providers
Find key information about vaccination, infection control, prevention, treatment, and diagnosis of seasonal influenza.

2021-2022 Influenza Vaccine Identification Guide
Infographic with information about Pediatric and Adult Influenza Vaccine produced by CDPH.

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For Community Members

Where Can I Get Vaccinated?
Flu shots are covered by most health insurance plans, Medicare Part B, Medi-Cal, and the Vaccines for Children program. 


For more flu shot clinics, visit: https://vaccinefinder.org/find-vaccines

How to Prevent the Flu
Learn the three major steps you can take to prevent getting the flu and passing it on to others.

Key Facts about Seasonal Flu Vaccine
Find answers to your flu vaccine questions including: How does the vaccine work? What kinds of flu vaccines are available? When should I get vaccinated?

Misconceptions about Seasonal Flu and Flu Vaccines
Learn what the seasonal flu is and how the flu vaccine can be a great tool to prevent it.

Similarities and Differences between Flu and COVID-19
Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses.