CDPH: Influenza Cases are Increasing in California

Get ready, some medical experts are predicting the worst flu season in history

It is more crucial for patients to see a health care provider if they have a chronic medical condition like diabetes or heart problems or if they are younger or even old.

But the holiday season is over and it's time to get back to reality. Since flu season began, ER visits topped 11,000. And you need to deal with it.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting that 26 states are reporting high flu activity., with 46 states reporting widespread flu activity.

Why is there more flu this year? The number of people who have received influenza vaccinations from the Kern County Public Health Department is down 20 percent from past year, data show.

So far this flu season, at least 3,927 people have been sent to the hospital with laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza.

"107 children died from influenza past year", said Dr. McGee.

According to a news release, children approved to visit the hospital will be asked to wear a mask to help prevent possible respiratory illness.

"It is lighter in our region, and the good news is that none of our facilities in Richmond have outbreaks", said Tiffany Akins of the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. While half of their flu patients did get the vaccine, they believe this year's vaccine is only 10-20 percent effect. That number is an Australian estimate of the effectiveness of the vaccine against one flu strain that circulated during Australia's most recent flu season. They may indicate an allergic reaction to the flu shot.

It is turning into a particularly nasty flu season.

If you have children with the flu, keep in mind to be extra careful. If you're lucky, you may have mild symptoms like a cough and a runny nose. "Getting rest, drinking plenty of fluids and taking care of yourself is a priority". The vaccine is made from an inactivated virus.

The NHS is warning people to be on the lookout for symptoms of the potentially deady "Aussie" flu following a rise in cases in the borough. But the shot itself can't infect you.

Valiani advised residents who have not yet gotten a flu shot to do so now, because it takes about two weeks to build immunity. Use the HealthMap Vaccine Finder at to find the nearest location where you and your family can get vaccinated. Everyone six months of age and up is recommended to get a flu shot. There's still more you can do.

A toddler receiving the 2015/2016 seasonal influenza (flu) vaccine. Antiviral drugs are most effective when given early in the onset of illness.

It feels like pretty much every year medical experts say that it's going to be an terrible season for the flu.

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