Flu season is upon us and the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) reminds all Alameda County residents aged 6 months and older to get their annual flu vaccine. 

Last year, thanks to our community’s commitment to receiving their influenza vaccines and practicing COVID-19 safety precautions (wearing face masks, practicing social distancing, and washing hands frequently), we were able to keep influenza-related hospitalizations down.

This year, we call upon the Alameda County community to once again help prevent the “twindemic” of COVID-19 and influenza surges over the coming months. Flu vaccines are free and available through health care providers and at local pharmacies. 

Influenza and COVID-19 have similar symptoms – if you experience any symptoms such as fever, fatigue, or shortness of breath, get tested for COVID-19 right away. For more information, including a full list of similarities, please visit the CDC’s Similarities and Differences between the Flu and COVID-19 page. 

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