Santa Clara County is pushing to give flu shots to the estimated 700 homeless veterans out on the streets as the weather turns colder.
Although concerns are mounting across the nation of Ebola exposure, doctors fear the focus could be diverting attention from another potential threat: the flu.
The number of people who died in Santa Clara County during the current flu season has increased by two to 10, the most of any Bay Area county, public health officials reported Friday.
The flu outbreak has claimed the life of a woman from the East Bay who once worked at KPIX 5. Nancy Pinnella became sick last week and died a few days later.
The second flu-related death of the season has been recorded in San Francisco, city health officials said Wednesday.
The number of flu-related deaths in the Bay Area increased again on Monday, with four more deaths reported, according to health officials.
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.
The flu started early and the virus is spreading rapidly. In an update Friday, the Centers for Disease Control reports a high level of flu activity in 29 states and a moderate level in nine others. Health officials say it’s not too late to get vaccinated. We look at who should get the flu shot.
Thousands of Bay Area health care workers are under orders to get a flu shot vaccination or wear a mask at work this flu season.
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.