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Public Health urges community to get vaccinated against preventable diseases

By County of San Bernardino
Communiyt Writer
02/06/2024 at 07:35 PM

The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health (DPH) strongly urges individuals of all ages, including children, adults, seniors and pregnant people, to stay up to date with their vaccinations. This proactive step is more than just a personal health decision; it’s a commitment to the well-being of our entire community.

In San Bernardino County, a pediatric influenza-associated death was reported this month, and a pediatric Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)-associated death was reported in December 2023. Both individuals were unvaccinated. These incidents underscore the serious risks posed by common infections, especially in those with underlying health conditions, potentially leading to severe illness or even death.

COVID-19 is still present in our communities, and as new variants emerge, it remains crucial for individuals to stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations. Those who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine are encouraged to get one. You can find a COVID-19 vaccine, as well as the flu shot, by visiting myturn.ca.gov.

“Vaccines are our best defense against infectious diseases, protecting both individuals and the wider community,” stated San Bernardino County Health Officer Dr. Michael Sequeira. “Staying healthy and staying up to date with vaccinations is a key step in safeguarding public health and saving lives.”

To support vaccination efforts, DPH has partnered with schools and organizations throughout the county by providing free immunization events to update eligible school-aged children on missing vaccines. To date, the county has conducted 81 events, fully vaccinating a total of 1,546 children. More information on school-based vaccine services in the county can be found by visiting the School-based Vaccine Services page.

The community is encouraged to consult with their healthcare providers about their vaccination needs. If you do not have a primary care physician, please visit one of our county health centers. To schedule an appointment for immunizations, call (800) 722-4777 or visit dph.sbcounty.gov/programs/clinics.

Remember, vaccines save lives. Let’s work together to keep our community healthy and protected.