Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

San Diego 2017 Flu Season More Cases Reported Early

Flu vaccine will protect you from certain strains of influenza but it can not prevent flu caused by other virus strains not covered by the vaccine or illnesses that look like influenza, but are not.

A person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it.

According to the Center for Disease Control, even though new observations about the flu vaccine continue to be made, experts continue to recommend annual flu vaccinations for children and adults.

As a semi-tropical country, seasonal influenza viruses continue to appear throughout the year in the Sultanate. "In the United States, millions of people get sick, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized and tragically thousands or tens of thousands die from flu each year", Dr. Jernigan said in a recent interview.

Treatment of influenza requires drinking lots of water, rest and taking antiviral medicines that can reduce serious complications and deaths, especially for the high-risk groups.

If you need to find a free flu-shot clinic, look for information on the county's immunization website at or by calling 211 San Diego. A year ago the first flu-related death in Idaho occurred in December, and a total of 72 individuals in the state died due to flu-related illnesses. Seasonal flu is an acute respiratory infection caused by influenza virus. 71 flu cases had been reported at this point a year ago. Getting a flu shot can not cause you to get influenza.

As of October 7, there have been 221 cases reported this flu season.

The County Health and Human Services Agency reported Wednesday the number of influenza cases reported this season is pacing 3-to-1 over last year's numbers. It also helps to prevent spreading flu to your family and other people. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is urging state residents to get vaccinated this season, noting that young children, individuals who are 65 years and older, pregnant women, and individuals with certain medical conditions are at greater risk of experiencing flu-related complications.

Flu shots are not flawless, but they are the best protection modern science has against the disease.

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