The Flu is Off to an Early Start This Year. Get Vaccinated, Health Officials Urge.

Physicians and public health officials are reminding the public to get vaccinated against this year’s flu. The warnings come amid widespread activity and 16 flu-related deaths in the state so far. Experts say this is the earliest flu season since 2003-2004.

“Getting vaccinated is the best defense against the flu. It takes a couple of weeks after vaccination for the body to build immunity, so don't delay getting a shot,” said the California Department of Public Health in a press release

“Besides getting immunized, you can also take some other simple steps:

· Stay away from people who are sick and stay home when you or your child are sick.

· Cover coughs or sneezes with your sleeve or disposable tissue.

· Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. · Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.”

You can see a map of the regions with elevated flu activity via KTLA. It shows nearly every county has been affected, with the exception of Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Imperial counties.


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