A Severe Flu Season?

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), flu activity continues to increase in the United States and most of the country is now experiencing high levels of flu-like illness. 

While it is hard to predict any flu season, 2012-2013 looks to be an active flu season nationwide. With flu activity on the rise in California, San Mateo County Health System encourages all residents 6 months and older, who have not yet been vaccinated this flu season, to get vaccinated now.

Flu vaccine is still widely available in San Mateo County, and residents are encouraged to:

  • Call their doctor or healthcare provider
  • Visit a pharmacy or supermarket
  • Explore the Health System’s online flu resources for information on County and community organizations offering flu vaccine
  • Find out about special retail stores offering flu vaccine, such as www.ShooTheFlu.org offering free vaccine for children ages 4 through 18 through January 31st.

Flu activity usually peaks in February, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recent reports, widespread flu activity started in early January in many states.