Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.

Monterey County public health officials urge all indivudals six months of age and older to get vaccinated against influenza.  The flu vaccine will protect against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season. This includes an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and one or two influenza B viruses, depending on the flu vaccine.

The Campus Health Center has flu shots available for $40.  Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to call (831)582-3965 to schedule an appoinment.

Free influenza vaccine clinics are offered by the Monterey County Health Department for individuals two years of age and older. Dates, times, and locations can be found at: https://www.mtyhd.org/index.php/disease-prevention/disease-information/influenza/

Other locations offering influenza vaccines can be found at: http://flushot.healthmap.org/

For more information about influenza, visit the Monterey County Health Department's website at: http://mtyhd.org or the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's website at: http://cdc.gov/flu/

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You can help prevent the spread of flu and other illnesses! Influenza is caused by the influenza virus, which infects the respiratory tract (nose, throat and lungs). Because the virus travels from person to person, there are many simple things you can do to keep from getting the flu.

Download our guide to flu prevention and treatment.

Should I get a flu shot?

You might consider getting a flu shot, and if you are in a high-risk group, we strongly encourage you to get vaccinated. 

Woman with fluSimple Steps to Prevent and Treat the Flu

  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Manage stress.
  • Eat a well balanced diet.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Wash your hands! (Use hand sanitizer or soap and warm water for 20 seconds.)
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your upper sleeve if you don't have a tissue.
  • Clean your environment with a household disinfectant.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Manage a mild flu with lots of rest, fluids and healthy food.

Learn more about flu symptoms and treatment.

Flu Treatment

If you think you have flu, stay home and avoid contact with others, practice good hygiene, treat the symptoms with over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol or ibuprofen, rest and drink plenty of fluids. If you think you need medical treatment, call the Campus Health Center or your doctor first. We may be able to advise you over the phone rather than have you come into the office where you can infect others. 

Learn more about flu symptoms and treatment.

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