Flu season likely to peak in the coming weeks

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The annual flu season is intensifying with more confirmed cases reported this week and a fifth fatality, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency said Wednesday.

Since August, there have there have been 709 cases of the flu reported.

In a new report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shares that 12 states are experiencing widespread flu activity, up from 7 states the previous week.

Public health officials recommend getting the flu vaccine to prevent the flu.

"It's still possible to get a flu shot, but it takes two weeks for the vaccine to be effective", Burton said.

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This might mean employers considering more flexible sick-time policies so that employees can stay home without losing wages. People without medical insurance can go to a county public health center to get vaccinated.

The total number of people in the county who have been hospitalized with the flu is up to 30, she said.

"For those most at risk - the very young, vulnerable adults, pregnant women and the elderly, flu can be very serious".

Vaccines are available at doctor's offices, pharmacies, and local health departments.

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As I said, I didn't give it all that much thought in the past since it seems to be one of those unavoidable seasonal cycles. "If you have guests, limit contact".

Some people, especially in the older generation, remember a habit of carrying facial tissue around by tucking them in one's pockets or just inside one's sleeves. Every November and December, things ramp up on the flu front and despite our best efforts, it is easy to catch whatever flu happens to be circulating through the population.

"They've had it since, like, three months ago", Perez said. "Symptoms include a fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, cough, and/or sore throat".

Consider over-the-counter medications. For example nasal decongestants can help unclog a stuffy nose; and antihistamines stop sneezing.

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