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Flu Season is Back: Find Flu Shot Locations in Laguna Niguel, Dana Point

The flu is now considered "widespread" in California, according to the state health department.

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More people are contracting the flu in California "over the past few weeks," the state health department warned Friday.

Flu cases typically increase in December and January, with a peak season from February to March, according to Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health.

While the number of cases is about average for this time of year, hospitalizations are higher, the health department said.

The year's most prevalent bug, flu virus H1N1, is preventable through vaccination. Chapman recommends vaccination for anyone six months and older, especially for people at higher risk of severe influenza, like pregnant women and the obese.

"This year's vaccine is an excellent match against this year's influenza strains," Dr. Chapman says. "There is no shortage of vaccine in California and it is not too late to get vaccinated. I encourage everyone to get vaccinated to protect not only themselves, but those with whom they come into contact."

Signs of flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, headaches, body aches, chills and fatigue.

Here are some places to find vaccines in Laguna Niguel:

  • Walgreens 27982 La Paz Rd. 949-360-8215
  • Ralph's Pharmacy 27871 La Paz Rd. 949-360-0201
  • CVS 28221 Crown Valley Parkway 949-831-2011
  • CVS 30261 Golden Lantern 949-363-0482
  • Vons Pharmacy 27320 Alicia Parkway 949-448-9537
  • CVS 27251 La Paz Road 949-831-4313
  • CVS 29995 Alicia Parkway 949-495-2383
  • Walgreens 30192 Town Center Dr. 949-495-8414
  • Rite Aid 30222 Crown Valley Parkway 949-495-5823
Here are some places to find vaccines in Dana Point:

  • CVS 32575 Golden Lantern Street 949-248-4803
  • CVS 32900 Pacific Coast Highway 949-489-9030
  • CVS 32575 Golden Lantern Street 949-248-4803
  • Sav-On Pharmacy 33601 Del Obispo 949-496-9490
  • Rite Aid 24829 Del Prado 949-493-5100
Find a list of free and low-cost immunization clinics in Orange County here.

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