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City, County Officials Announce Plans To Fight Back Against Flu Virus

A flu vaccine vial is shown in this undated photo.

Credit: San Diego County

Above: A flu vaccine vial is shown in this undated photo.

A group of city and county officials will announce plans Wednesday to fight back against the flu virus in San Diego during this flu season.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, San Diego City Councilman Mark Kersey and San Diego County Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten will be among the officials at the San Diego Central Library today to announce the installation of hand sanitizer stations at all San Diego libraries and recreation centers. The city has partnered with Waxie Sanitary Supply and hygiene product manufacturer Gojo Industries to install the sanitizing stations and make them available for public use.

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The city is making a concerted effort to fight the virus this flu season after a record 342 residents died of flu-related causes during the 2017- 2018 flu season, a 293 percent increase over the city's 87 deaths during the 2016-2017 flu season. Wooten advised all residents last month to get the vaccine, which protects against multiple flu strains and takes about two weeks to take effect.

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"Everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated now before flu season arrives," Wooten said. "The vaccine is safe and effective. All San Diegans should get vaccinated to avoid getting sick and spreading the virus to others."

The flu vaccine is available at doctors' offices, local retail pharmacies, community clinics and the county's public health center.

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