City of Long Beach
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90802
The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services is reporting an increase in flu activity in Long Beach, and urges residents to get their flu shot. It is not too late to get vaccinated against the flu!
According to the most recent reports, influenza activity in Long Beach is beginning to show a steady increase with at least two intensive care unit admissions in persons under 65 years of age. There have been no deaths to date. “While it may seem late in the flu season, we have likely not reached the peak in the number of cases seen in Long Beach, as flu season can last into the spring. Therefore, we are still strongly recommending everyone to get vaccinated,” said Dr. Mitchell Kushner, Long Beach City Health Officer.
Free vaccinations will also be offered at the 27th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace & Unity Parade and Celebration on Saturday, January 17.
Flu vaccination is recommended for everyone six months of age or older, but is particularly important for those at higher risk of severe influenza, including pregnant women, children under five years of age, the elderly, and persons with certain underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, obesity, asthma, and heart disease. Vaccination of pregnant women also helps to protect infants too young to be vaccinated.
This flu season is expected to be severe. Those at highest risk who show flu symptoms should contact their physician immediately in order to get the most effective treatment. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue.
For more information about influenza, visit www.longbeach.gov/health.