January 28, 2020
Flu stages early comeback, vaccinations urged
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – California’s flu season is getting an early start.

State health officials say there have been 18 flu-related deaths since September, including two children.

The holidays usually bring an upsurge in influenza cases although the number of cases doesn’t usually peak until January and February.

Health officials are repeating their advice that getting vaccinated is the best defense against the flu. It takes a couple of weeks after an inoculation for the body to build immunity.

“The flu shot protects you and those around you by making it less likely you’ll get sick if you’re exposed to the virus, and if you do get ill, you’ll tend to have fewer days of symptoms and they’ll be less severe,” said Dr. Sonia Angell, State Public Health Officer.
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