California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is reporting widespread flu activity across the state and that is more severe than last year. Since the beginning of the influenza season, CDPH has received reports of 14 influenza-associated deaths, including a child younger than 18 years of age. Hospitals and medical clinics statewide have been impacted by a surge in influenza patients.
For anyone who has not yet received a flu shot this season, it is not too late. Because it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against influenza, it is best to get vaccinated as soon as possible. CDPH recommends all Californians aged six month and older, including pregnant women, should get the annual flu vaccine.
Along with getting immunized, there are some precautions you can take to help avoid catching the flu, as well as other illnesses. Learn more by watching this VIDEO:
For additional resources or more information about influenza visit the CDPH Influenza Webpage.