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Take Steps Now To Avoid Flu
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While the wave of influenza activity has been widespread this year across much of the United States, in California and San Joaquin County the influenza activity is still being classified as regional. Surveillance reports from the California Department of Public Health, however, are now showing an increase in flu activity in the state. Also, cases of influenza are starting to climb and will continue to increase in the coming weeks in San Joaquin County. Influenza viruses can cause serious illness and even death. County Health Officer, Dr. Karen Furst, recommends taking two simple, but crucial actions to decrease your chance of getting influenza, and to stop the spread of flu if you or those around you have symptoms.

Get vaccinated to decrease your risk: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone six months of age and older be immunized. Visit the San Joaquin County Public Health Services website at or call 1-800-839-4949 for more information.

Stop the spread of flu germs and symptoms: Simple tips are to wash hands frequently, stay home if you are sick, and always cough or sneeze into a tissue or the crook of your arm.