October 6, 2009 (San Diego) -- The first allotment of H1N1 flu vaccine has arrived in San Diego County and will be administered starting today. (View video) According to state guidelines, the initial doses of H1N1 nasal spray vaccine are designated for children 2-18 years of age who are healthy and healthy household contacts of infants younger than 6 months.
26,000 doses of nasal spray vaccine will be available at various primary care physicians’ offices throughout the county. An additional 2,000 doses are being offered at County public health centers. (See locations at the end of this article).
Additional supplies of the vaccine are expected to arrive in coming weeks. San Diego County residents are encouraged to call their primary care doctor to check on availability of H1N1 vaccine.
H1N1 influenza was detected in San Diego County this spring. It has persisted in the region and continues to be widespread throughout the county. According to the CDC, as many as 40 percent of Americans could contract the H1N1 virus this flu season.
The single most important action to protect against H1N1 influenza is to get vaccinated. In addition to getting the vaccine, there are other prevention measures people should take.
• Wash hands thoroughly and often or use hand sanitizers
• Stay away from those who are sick
• Avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth
• Routinely clean commonly touched surfaces
Also, if people are sick, they should stay home for 24 hours after fever is gone, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and avoid contact with others.
Below are locations for flu shots in San Diego County:
5202 University Avenue
San Diego, CA 92105
Phone: (619) 229-5400
Days and Times: Monday and Thursday 8:30-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
HHSA Immunization Branch-VIP Clinic
3177 Oceanview Boulevard
Phone: (619) 231-9300
Days and Times: Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-Noon and 2-4 p.m.
Public Health Center – East
855 E. Madison
El Cajon, CA 92021
Phone: (619) 441-6500
Days and Times: Mon., Tues., Wed., & Friday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
Thurs. 1-4 p.m.
Public Health Center - North Central
5055 Ruffin Road
San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: (858) 573-7300
Days and Time: Monday through Friday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
Public Health Center - North Coastal
104 S. Barnes
Oceanside, CA 92054
Phone: (760) 967-4401
Days and Time: Mon., Thurs., and Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tues. 1-4 p.m.
Public Health Center - North Inland
606 East Valley Parkway
Escondido, CA 92025
Phone: (760) 740-4000
Days and Time: Monday and Friday 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
Public Health Center - South
690 Oxford Street
Chula Vista, CA 91911
Phone: (619) 409-3110
Days and Time: Mon., Wed., Thurs., and Fri. 8:30 a.m.-1 2:30 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.
Tues. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 3-5 p.m.
Tues. with Appointment