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Flu is on the rise

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It’s flu season.

The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department is reporting an increase in confirmed influenza cases. Two residents have been hospitalized with the flu, according to a news release.

Though flu cases are popping up more consistently—there were a few sporadic reports dating back to November of last year—it’s nothing to panic about. According to County Epidemiologist Ann McDowell, January and February tend to be peak months for the bug. Compared to the H1N1 pandemic of last year, this year should be tamer, McDowell guessed.

“The good news is, of all the strains that we’re seeing, they are, in fact, covered by the vaccine,” she said.

Last year, residents had to get two vaccinations for the seasonal flu and H1N1. This year, however, one vaccination will cover both strains. Public health officials recommend the same no-brainers for flu season: wash your hands, don’t go to work sick, and get vaccinated. To schedule a vaccination, call the Public Health Department main line at 781-5500.

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