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Both FDA and CDC Spreading the Word about the Seasonal Flu Shot

With fall already here, it is that time of year again… time for seasonal flu shots. Both the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are encouraging the public to get their annual vaccination against influenza. With the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing, getting the flu shot is even more important this year, not only to reduce the risk from influenza but also to help conserve potentially scarce healthcare resources. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the CDC recommend that all people 6 months and older get a seasonal flu shot.

The flu, COVID-19, and the common cold are all contagious respiratory illnesses, with similar symptoms. It may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Getting vaccinated against both COVID-19 and influenza can help to ward off the viruses that cause respiratory symptoms.

In California – DHCP Rights and Responsibilities

There are no federal or state requirements that mandate dental healthcare personnel (DHCP) to get the influenza vaccine. However, some California local health jurisdictions have mandated that DHCP working in facilities in their jurisdictions receive the flu vaccine, unless they have a medical contraindication. Refer to your local public health department for specific information on local flu vaccine mandates.

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