Information for the 2013-14 Influenza Season
Influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older. Our flu information page has been updated for 2013-14 and contains information on vaccination, how to prevent the spread of the flu, and what to do if you become sick with the flu. The page also links to information and guidance for clinicians, schools, businesses, organizations, and shelters regarding prevention, control, treatment and reporting of influenza illness.
Nationwide Outbreak of Salmonella: Need for Safe Poultry Handling
People who buy and prepare raw chicken for eating should use extra precaution to avoid foodborne illness. Currently, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) allows companies to sell raw poultry that is contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The USDA assumes that foodborne illness will be prevented by people handling and cooking chicken properly.
For information on safe handling of raw poultry visit the CDC’s page on Advice for Consumers or the USDA page regarding Poultry Preparation. In general, Salmonella infection can be avoided by: (a) washing hands before and after handling raw poultry; (b) washing all utensils and cutting boards with soap and water before using them on other food items, and (c) cooking chicken to a minimum internal temperature of 165°F, as measured with a food thermometer.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Foster Farms-brand chicken is the most likely source of a Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak. As of October 17, 2013, a total of 338 persons infected with Salmonella Heidelberg have been reported from 20 states and Puerto Rico, with the highest percentage of ill persons (75%) being reported in California. (CDC)
Ready-to-eat rotisserie chicken products sold at the Costco warehouse store in South San Francisco from September 11, 2013 through October 15, 2013 are are being recalled due to their possible contamination with Salmonella Heidelberg. Persons should discard, and not eat or handle any remaining products, and can call Costco at 1-800-774-2678 to request further information. For more information please visit the USDA recall page.
Promoting Healthier International Travel
Many travelers head overseas without the protection of effective vaccines or medications to prevent common, debilitating, and life-threatening diseases such as malaria and viral hepatitis. The San Francisco Department of Public Health is sponsoring a local public awareness campaign to encourage international travelers to visit a travel medicine specialist prior to departure. Read more ...
If your health system does not offer a travel medicine specialist, the AITC Immunization & Travel Clinic is open to the public.