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Geneva Hill, LVN, readies the flu shot for Zhuo Fen Huang of Sacramento at the Capitol. January 28, 2013 in Sacramento, California.

Sacramento County public health department recommends one flu shot per season

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 - 5:03 pm

Officials at the Sacramento County Department of Public Health said Tuesday they recommend people receive one influenza shot per flu season.

The predominant strain this 2013-2014 flu season, according to state and national officials, is a version of the H1N1 pandemic flu that hit the Sacramento region especially hard in 2009. The main characteristic of this strain of influenza A is that it afflicts mainly healthy young adults and middle-aged people.

It’s not too late to get vaccinated, says the county public health department. Flu vaccines take two weeks to become fully effective and lasts for about three months, shorter than the flu season, which may stretch from October-November to April. Some doctors advise the elderly, in particular, to get two doses of the vaccine, three months apart. The county public health department, however, recommends one vaccination per flu season.

To find out where to access a retail outlet with flu shots near you, go online to and type in your ZIP code.

Call The Bee’s Cynthia H. Craft, (916) 321-1270.

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Cynthia CraftCynthia H. Craft began her reporting and editing career in Columbus, Ohio, after graduating from Ohio State University. She worked at a Dallas, Texas, newspaper as an editor, and then at the Los Angeles Times, as an editor and Capitol Bureau correspondent. After working as editor in chief at the California Journal, Craft went to Lima, Peru, for three years as a visiting professor of journalism at Peruana Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas. She was a fellow in 2012 at the National Library for Medicine in Washington, D.C. at the National Institute for Health. She's currently The Sacramento Bee's senior writer on health, a position made possible by a grant from The California Endowment.

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