The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus, meaning it can not be treated with antibiotics.
According to the Center for Disease Control, it is still not recommended to use the nasal spray flu vaccine this year.
In California, flu usually begins to increase in late November or December. Primary symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose and fatigue.
For more information about the flu, visit CDPH’s website.
Most surgeries in Corby are offering Saturday morning flu clinics free of charge throughout September and October to at-risk groups including people who are aged 65 years or over, live in a residential or nursing home, have a learning disability, live with someone who is immunocompromised, are the main carer of an older or disabled person, or who are pregnant. For some there can be confusion about vaccines in the fall verses the winter. In Flathead County, 1,044 cases of the flu were reported the most of any county in the state.
Flu season is quickly approaching. Flu shots are needed every year to maintain the greatest protection because the vaccine changes each season to match the circulating viruses. Seasonal influenza vaccines are created to protect against the three or four strains that research indicates will be most common in a given year, according to the CDC.
CDPH encourages Californians to contact their health care provider, physician’s office, clinic or pharmacy about obtaining the flu vaccine.
A person with flu may be contagious and infect others before they even feel sick.
If you are a frontline health or social worker your employer should offer you a free flu vaccination.
This season’s vaccine is now available, and it is recommend that you get it as soon as possible.
The cost for the flu shot without insurance is $30, although most insurance plans, including Medicaid and Medicare will be accepted.