Influenza is here – will it be more severe?

The first flu cases are arriving, and Influenza A (H3N2) is the dominant strain so far. Although flu symptoms are similar no matter the strain, Influenza A (H3N2) seasons tend to be more severe. See What You Should Know About H3N2 Flu – https://www.verywellhealth.com/what-you-should-know-about-h3n2-flu-770301

The early flu activity is currently most common in young adults and in college and universities. As they come home for the holidays, they will likely spread it to older friends and family members.

If you or someone you know is not vaccinated against flu this year, I strongly encourage you to get the flu shot. It’s not too late!

There are also other things you can do to reduce your risk of getting the flu:

· Wear a mask in high risk settings – indoors, lots of people

· Stay home when sick for at least 24 hours after symptoms resolve

· Cough or sneeze into your elbow, arm or tissue

· Wash hands frequently or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

See Tips for Protecting Yourself and Others This Holiday Season – https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Tips-for-Protecting-Yourself-and-Others-This-Holiday-Season.aspx

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