It’s Not Too Late to get a Flu Shot
Doctor’s offices and hospital emergency rooms nationwide report increasing numbers of patients seeking care for flu-like symptoms. Despite our warmer weather, flu season typically peaks in Northern California between late December and February. Experts in the Sutter Health network say vaccination is the best way to prevent catching and spreading influenza.
“Flu season is far from over, and it is critical that everyone receive the vaccination if you have not already received it for this season,” says Jeffrey Silvers, M.D., an infection control specialist at Sutter-affiliated Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley. “It is not too late and the vaccine is still available.”
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. Causing mild to severe illness, about 200,000 people in the United States are hospitalized each year with complications due to influenza. This year, the California Department of Health (CDPH) reports an increasing number of cases caused by the H1N1 virus, a very serious strain of flu which can result in lethal illness even in young, healthy people.
Need a flu shot?
- Call your doctor’s office directly
- Find a flu shot clinic near you
- Get flu resources at sutterhealth.org/flu