As predicted, this year’s flu vaccine is doing a pretty crummy job. It’s only 23 percent effective, primarily because it doesn’t include the bug that is making most people sick, according to a government study released Thursday.
Although concerns are mounting across the nation of Ebola exposure, doctors fear the focus could be diverting attention from another potential threat: the flu.
California health officials said the recent numbers show an overall statewide decline in the number of deaths this season, and that the number of hospitalizations are tapering back to normal levels.
With the flu continuing to spread at an alarming, and deadly rate in California, doctors said there’s a late season rush for flu shots.
The second flu-related death of the season has been recorded in San Francisco, city health officials said Wednesday.
Santa Clara County health officials announced on Thursday the first known Bay Area flu-related death of the season.
Public health officials have said that the best option for finding a flu shot at this point is to go to your doctor’s office because they get their doses from a different suppliers than big box stores, which are running out.
Local Bay Area hospitals are reporting an uptick in people complaining of flu-like symptoms, but doctors warn that other bugs are floating around too that might make you think it’s the flu.
Health officials say flu season is off to its earliest start in nearly 10 years—and it could be a bad one.
The 2011-2012 flu season is off to a slow start, but federal health experts said Friday that more activity is expected in the coming weeks.