Coronavirus Information (COVID-19)
The San Francisco Department of Public Health is working closely with all City departments to: implement strategies to prevent infection, especially in the most vulnerable populations and in healthcare and other essential workers; enact community mitigation efforts to slow transmission; expand COVID-19 testing; and increase hospital capacity to care for the sick.
Flu Season is Here: How to stay healthy
It’s not too late to get your 2019-20 seasonal flu vaccine! This flu season is expected to last through April 2020. Getting the flu vaccine now, if you haven’t already had it, improves your chance of staying healthy for the rest of this winter. Everyone age 6 months and older should have a yearly flu vaccine. The vaccine protects everyone’s health — it prevents individuals from getting sick, limits the spread of flu from person to person, and reduces the chance of hospitalization.
Flu vaccines are widely available at doctors’ offices, clinics, and pharmacies. To find a flu vaccine at a location near you, visit the Vaccine Finder or check the list of San Francisco Department of Public Health locations offering free or low-cost flu vaccinations for the public.
For more information on influenza including information for providers, visit our influenza home page.
Influenza (flu) attacks the lungs, nose, and throat. Symptoms include fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches, and fatigue. Young children, older adults, pregnant women, and people with chronic disease or weak immune systems are at higher risk of having a severe case of flu that needs hospitalization.
In addition to getting the flu shot, help protect yourself and your loved ones by:
- coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your elbow or arm
- washing your hands regularly with soap and water, or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- staying at home if you are sick
Measles: Are your vaccines up to date?
Measles is a very contagious viral disease that is widespread in many parts of the world. Travelers can bring measles into the United States from any country where measles outbreaks are occurring.
Fortunately, measles vaccine is highly effective at preventing the disease and has been routinely recommended in the United States for many years. 97 percent of people who receive two doses of measles vaccine develop lifelong immunity to measles. People who have not been vaccinated are highly likely to get measles if they are exposed.
Typically, children in the United States get their first dose of measles vaccine beginning at 12 months of age followed by a second dose between ages 4 and 6 years. Make sure that you and your family are up to date on measles vaccine, especially before international travel. Infants aged 6-11 months should receive one early dose of measles vaccine (called MMR) before international travel.
Measles is spread through the air from person to person. Measles can be transmitted when someone with measles coughs or sneezes, and other people breathing the air containing the measles virus can then get measles. Measles begins with a fever, cough, runny nose, watery eyes, followed by a rash. The rash typically appears first on the face, along the hairline, and behind the ears and then affects the rest of the body. For more information about measles, visit our Measles Information page. The California Department of Public Health Measles Information page has additional information of interest. You can also read about measles cases and outbreaks in the US by visiting the CDC Measles Outbreak page.