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Influenza Cases Widespread in California

January 16, 2017

On December 30, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that influenza activity is increasing in the state and has reached “widespread” levels. Areas with the most influenza activity include the Northern California, Central California and Bay Area regions.

Since the beginning of the influenza season in California, CDPH has received reports of three influenza deaths and 29 severe influenza cases resulting in admission to the intensive care unit in patients 64 years old and younger.

In the United States, influenza activity reaches its highest levels between December and February, and may continue through May. It is not too late to get vaccinated against influenza. Now is a perfect time to do it: CDPH recommends the annual flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older, including pregnant women.

The flu specimens that have been tested match very closely to the current vaccine strains assuring protection against the flu. Along with getting immunized, other precautionary measures can be taken:

  1. Stay home when you are sick.
  2. Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue.
  3. Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

For more information about influenza visit the CDPH influenza web page. In order to receive a flu vaccine at a location near you, visit the Vaccine Finder.

Source:  California Department of Public Health

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