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New 2020-21 Public Health
Flu Bulletin

CDC Flu Information
For further information
contact the CDC:
English: (800) 232-2522
Español: (800) 232-0233
For Clinicians
(877) 554-4625

Santa Cruz County
Flu Information Line
(831) 454-4343

2019-20 Public Health
Flu Season Report

  • In an effort to prevent wide spread illness due to COVID-19 and seasonal flu, the County of Santa Cruz Public Health Division is urging everyone six months and older to get vaccinated for flu early before the virus starts circulating.
  • Older adults, children, and those with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated.

Everyday Prevention Tips 

Signs & Symptoms

  • Flu and COVID-19 have similar symptoms including fever, cough, body aches, chills and fatigue.
  • Influenza (flu) can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu is different from a cold. Flu usually has a sudden onset of symptoms. People who have flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
    • fever or feeling feverish/chills
    • cough
    • sore throat
    • runny or stuffy nose
    • muscle or body aches
    • headaches
    • fatigue (tiredness)
    • some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

Medical Care

  • In most cases, people should not visit the emergency room for symptoms, but should call their healthcare provider and get tested for COVID-19 and flu. Those tested will likely have to stay home from work and isolate away from their families while awaiting results.
  • If you have flu-like symptoms, call your health care provider and let them know of any possible exposure. Wear a face mask before you enter your provider’s office. Your health care provider will make an assessment and decide if you need a test.
  • For mild flu illness, it is encourage to stay home until cleared from your doctor.


Date updated: 10/13/2020