June 22, 2017
Holidays spread flu virus
Itís as certain as the dawning of each new year. Influenza is on the rise.

Outpatient visits for influenza-like-illness throughout California and the nation are above the baseline average. And, activity is expected to increase in the coming weeks.

The holidays bring more social gatherings and people are spending more time indoors where germs are more likely to thrive.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for protection to set in.

Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses and prevent flu-related hospitalizations. Flu vaccines have been updated for the 2016-2017 season. More than 143 million doses of seasonal influenza vaccine have been distributed at this time.

For this flu season, the CDC recommends use of the flu shot rather than the nasal spray flu vaccine. (INT)
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