››Flu shots are available at Imperial Beach Health Center and Nestor Community Health Center

Flu shots are available now for our patients. Please call (619) 429-3733 and request an appointment to get this year's flu shot.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine is designed to protect against the three main flu strains that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season. Getting the flu vaccine now can help protect you throughout the flu season.

It’s important to get a flu vaccine every year, even if you got vaccinated the season before and the viruses in the vaccine have not changed for the current season.

In addition, you can take everyday preventive steps like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs. If you are sick with flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading influenza to others.

››Influenza Information

Symptoms:

Influenza usually starts suddenly and may include the following symptoms:

  Fever (usually high) Tiredness (can be extreme)
  Headache Cough
  Cough Sore throat
  Body aches Runny or stuffy nose
  Diarrhea and vomiting (more common among children than adults)


Having these symptoms does not always mean that you have the flu. Many different illnesses, including the common cold, can have similar symptoms. Those at high risk for complications include people 65 years or older, people with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), pregnant women, and young children.

If you think you might have the flu, please call Imperial Beach Community Clinic at (619) 429-3733 for advice on what to do.

Recommended Flu Safety Guidelines:

  Wash hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  Minimize contact with sick people.
  Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  Cover your mouth and nose with tissues when you cough and sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow.
  Stay home if you are not feeling well but contact your doctor if you are concerned about your symptoms.
  Contact a doctor if you have flu-like symptoms.

 

More information about influenza is available at: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/symptoms.htm

Imperial Beach Community Clinic sees patients by appointment. To make an appointment please call (619) 429-3733. A physician is on call 24 hours a day.

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Pertussis (Whooping cough)

California is experiencing an epidemic of pertussis (whooping cough).

If you are around an infant you should be fully vaccinated to protect the infant and yourself.

Adults and adolescents may need a booster, as the vaccine doesn't give lifelong immunity to pertussis.

Call Imperial Beach Community Clinic at (619) 429-3733 x 540 or 541 for an immunization appointment.

Immunizations are given Mondays from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Thursday 5:30 to 8:00 pm, and Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Immunizations are also given as part of routine physical exams.

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Information from the CDC

 

H1N1 Influenza (Swine Flu) Vaccine Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention