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Sacramento County public health department recommends one flu shot per season

12/31/2013 3:57 PM

12/31/2013 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.

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Sacramento Bee reporters Cynthia Craft and Sammy Caiola write about community health issues in the Sacramento region. Their work is in conjunction with the California Endowment, a non-profit health foundation created in 1996.

Cynthia H. Craft is The Sacramento Bee's senior writer on health. She graduated from Ohio State University and previously worked at the Los Angeles Times and California Journal. She was a fellow in 2012 at the National Library for Medicine in Washington, D.C. at the National Institute for Health. Reach her at or 916-321-1270. Twitter: @cynthiahcraft.

Sammy Caiola joined The Sacramento Bee as a health reporter in 2014. She is a recent graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, where she was a Top 10 finisher in the William Randolph Hearst College Journalism Awards. Reach her at or 916-321-1636. Twitter: @SammyCaiola.


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