San Diego County public well being officers on Friday reminded residents that winter might carry a extra virulent influenza season than these within the current pandemic years.
The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention suggested this week that those that are eligible search a flu shot by the tip of October.
As well being officers are nonetheless urging residents to be vaccinated towards COVID-19, the CDC famous that coronavirus and flu vaccinations could also be administered in a single go to. Timing of the vaccines needs to be prioritized over comfort, nevertheless, they mentioned.
“Although each vaccines may be given on the identical go to, individuals ought to comply with the really helpful schedule for both vaccine: In the event you haven’t gotten your presently really helpful doses of COVID-19 vaccine, get a COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as you may, and ideally get a flu vaccine by the tip of October,” the CDC acknowledged in an influenza FAQ.
For kids, the flu vaccine, Flucelvax Quadrivalent (ccIIV4), now could also be administered to these 6 months and older.
In the meantime, Dr. Wilma J. Wooten, San Diego County’s public well being officer, reminded native residents that COVID-19 stays a difficulty, particularly as individuals spend extra time indoors for fall and winter.
“COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are our greatest safety towards the virus and I encourage anybody who’s eligible for a booster to get one,” mentioned Dr. Wilma J. Wooten, county public well being officer. “Whereas COVID-19 numbers are presently trending down, the virus stays energetic and infectious in our neighborhood and we anticipate extra instances within the coming months as individuals transfer actions indoors.”
In line with county information, near 1.45 million San Diegans have obtained an everyday booster. The county has administered greater than 400 bivalent boosters since restricted provides began arriving earlier this month, whereas the entire from all suppliers all through the county has surpassed 34,000.
The bivalent boosters had been developed to generate an immune response from the unique COVID-19 virus, in addition to the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants.
The Omicron variants are nonetheless inflicting the vast majority of new COVID- 19 infections within the area.
The Pfizer/BioNTech bivalent booster is obtainable for individuals 12 and older. Moderna bivalent boosters are approved for these 18 and older, however aren’t available within the area because the county awaits further vaccines from the state.
The bivalent boosters haven’t but been approved for youngsters underneath the age of 12. Youths in that age group can get boosted with the earlier model of the Pfizer vaccine.
San Diegans have to be totally vaccinated with the first collection of one of many authorized COVID-19 vaccines earlier than receiving a bivalent booster.
Anybody who desires a bivalent booster should wait not less than eight weeks after they obtained a earlier COVID-19 vaccine till they’re eligible.
Those that are totally vaccinated and just lately examined optimistic for COVID-19 ought to wait three months after an infection to get a bivalent booster.
So far as present COVID sufferers, the variety of individuals within the county hospitalized with the an infection dropped by 9 to 198, in line with the newest state information.
Of these sufferers hospitalized as of Friday, 23 had been in intensive care, down by three.
– Workers and wire experiences