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San Joaquin County encourages residents to get vaccinated before peak flu season

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Posted: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 8:00 am

Running a fever? Have a sore throat and a cough? Bad news, ‘tis the season, and you may have the flu. The good news is, there are steps you can take to avoid the disease if you don’t yet show symptoms.

With 501 cases of influenza A and 100 cases of influenza B reported in California last year, San Joaquin County’s Assistant Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Furst advises residents to get their vaccinations now, explaining that the vaccine takes two weeks to take effect. The California Department of Public Health reported 81 outbreaks of influenza during the 2015-16 season, and 275 outbreaks from 2014 to 2015.

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