Flu Epidemic Hitting California

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No one likes getting sick, especially with the flu. But, unfortunately, it’s a risk we all take every time we walk outside.

The influenza virus has killed five people in California so far this Winter — two of them from Sacramento. Friday, the Centers For Disease Control declared the flu outbreak an epidemic.

Across the country, hospitals are overcrowded. And in some cities, like Chicago, at capacity.

The CDC says those who received the flu vaccination this year are 60% less likely to go to the doctor for influenza. Medical officials are urging people to get vaccinated, if they haven’t already done so.

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  • James

    We reach “epidemic” status every single year according to the CDC. The CDPH’s (CA dept of public health) latest numbers not only show that the ILI activity in the state is probably starting to level off (as the latest update only showed a 0.1% increase in ILI from the week before…and on a normal season we usually see peak in February…this being an earlier than normal season).

    They also quote that “the trend in activity remained within the patterns seen in previous seasons”.