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Cold & Flu Prevention

Colds and "the Flu" are caused by any one of hundreds of strains of viruses. They cannot be cured by antibiotics which are used for bacterial infections, not viral infections. Increasing your rest and fluid, and managing mild fevers are the best ways to get better. More helpful hints included on the Cold & Flu tabs.

The Flu is on the Rise in California

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH REMINDS YOU TO GET A FLU SHOT

Following the normal seasonal pattern, influenza activity is on the rise in California and nationwide. Many California counties, and other states, are reporting patients who are critically ill with influenza, including healthy young adults.

The H1N1 strain appears to be the predominant strain circulating so far in California and in the rest of the United States this flu season. The H1N1 virus, which emerged during the 2009 pandemic, causes more illness in children and young adults, compared to older adults. This year's influenza vaccine protects against the strains circulating in the state, including H1N1. News Release Click here.