Flu Activity Across The State Described As "Widespread" And "Elevated"

Flu Activity Across The State Described As "Widespread" And "Elevated" 

The latest California Department of Public Health influenza report described flu activity across the state as “widespread” and “elevated.”  The department reports the total number of deaths for the 2017-18 flu season, is so far is 74, with one of those reported from Amador County.  The risks in Amador and Calaveras County and the rest of California are no different than the rest of the country.  Officials from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say we are currently in the midst of a very active flu season, with much of the country experiencing widespread and intense flu activity.  So far this season, influenza A, H3N2, has been the most common form of influenza. These viruses are often linked to more severe illness, especially among children and people ages 65 and older.  Health officials continue to recommend the flu vaccine.  While flu vaccines are far from perfect, they are the best way to prevent getting sick from the flu and it is not too late to get one.  Most health officials feel we still have at least 12 to 13 more weeks of influenza to go.  In addition, there are other strains of the flu that still show up to be a major cause of disease and, therefore, it’s again a good reason to get vaccinated if you have not.  Officials urge residents to contact their health care providers, physicians’ offices, clinic or pharmacy about flu shot availability. Locations where flu shots are available can also be found on both the Amador and Calaveras County Health Department websites.

Written by KVGC Staff

 

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