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.
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 number of flu-related deaths in the Bay Area increased again on Monday, with four more deaths reported, according to health officials.
Bay Area County health officials are predicting that many people will try to get a flu shot in the days ahead, as news spreads about growing number of flu-related deaths.
It’s fall. The kids are back at school, college football rivalries are in high gear, and — oh, yeah — it’s time to get a flu vaccine.
One died on January 11 and the other on January 13, said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, health officer for the Santa Clara County Health Department, adding the men, both 58 years old, had other health issues that were exacerbated by influenza.
Health officials say flu season is off to its earliest start in nearly 10 years—and it could be a bad one.
On Nov. 10, Contra Costa Health Services will be offering free flu vaccines in nine cities in the county.
Stanford University’s School of Medicine is looking for twins to help test how people respond to seasonal flu vaccines.