OFFICIAL: GET FLU SHOT NOW.
Byline: Daily News
A recent increase in flu cases in Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. County prompted health officials Friday to broaden access to flu shots at county public health clinics.
Flu vaccines will now be offered to all persons 6 months of age and older who have no known medical reactions to the vaccine.
``Recently we have seen an increase in detection of the flu virus in Los Angeles County,'' Public Health Officer Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding said.
``The first outbreak of influenza A influenza A
Influenza caused by infection with a strain of influenza virus type A.
influenza A Infectious disease An avian virus, especially of ducks–which in China live near the pig reservoir and 'vector'; in the county was also recently confirmed in a skilled nursing facility skilled nursing facility
n. Abbr. SNF
An establishment that houses chronically ill, usually elderly patients, and provides long-term nursing care, rehabilitation, and other services. , where about two dozen residents and staff facility became ill, though no one required hospitalization.''
Health officials said the flu season
``Receiving the flu shot is still the most effective way to prevent the flu and its complications,'' said Dr. Alvin Nelson El Amin, medical director of the immunization immunization: see immunity; vaccination. program.
Health officials are asking anyone seeking a flu shot to consult with their doctor. If the doctor does not have the vaccine, county residents can locate a nearby public health clinic by contacting the county Info Line at 211, or visiting www.lapublichealth.org/ip/flu/2005-2006/clinics/publichealth.pdf.