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Protect Yourself From Flu


Last updated: January 19, 2018, 12:14 pm

California and Contra Costa are seeing high levels of flu activity. We remind the community to take the following steps to prevent the spread of flu.

  • Get your flu vaccine
  • Clean hands often with soap and water or with hand sanitizer
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home when you’re sick

People with flu like symptoms should call their health plan's Advice Nurses to get help with self-care or to help them decide if they need to visit an urgent care clinic, make an appointment with their health care provider or go to an emergency room. Rarely is emergency room needed for flu or respiratory issues.

Contra Costa Health Plan members and Contra Costa residents who do not have health coverage can call 1-877-661-6230 and select option 1 to speak to an Advice Nurse.

See more information about flu and flu prevention.

Latest flu information

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Flu Vaccination


Flu viruses are unpredictable and can change over time, so a past flu vaccine may not protect you this year. We recommend that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine each year. Protection from vaccine can take up to two weeks to develop but lasts through the season, so we recommend getting flu vaccine early, before flu disease is in the community.

For the 2017-2018 flu season, only flu shots will be available. The nasal spray flu vaccine is not recommended this season because it may not protect as well as the shot.

Where to Get Vaccinated

The 2017-2018 flu season vaccine will be available throughout Contra Costa County beginning in the Fall of 2017. Ongoing Public Health Immunization Clinics will begin offering flu vaccine in October.

To get a flu vaccine:

For the General Public:

For community members with the Contra Costa Health Plan (CCHP):
  • Health Centers will offer walk-in flu clinics for Health Plan members beginning in October, please bring your CCHP member card.
  • Health Plan members who cannot come to a walk-in clinic can see their doctor or call 1-800-495-8885 for a Treatment Nurse appointment.

For community members with the Contra Costa Health Plan (CCHP) or belong to the Community Provider Network (CPN):
  • CCHP and CPN members 10 years and older can get flu vaccine from RiteAid and Walgreens beginning September 1st, please bring your CCHP member card.

For community members with Kaiser Permanente health insurance:
  • Kaiser members can call the Kaiser Flu Hotline: 1-800-573-5811 (1-800-KP-FLU-11).

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