Yolo County Health Officer Dr. Ron Chapman urges people in Yolo County to get the flu vaccine.
Each year, flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths in the United States. Flu can cause severe disease across all ages. According to the recent California Influenza Surveillance Report, there were 78 influenza-associated deaths reported in persons under 65 years of age in California during the 2014-15 influenza season. To reduce this threat, Dr. Chapman recommends the annual flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older, including pregnant women.
Common symptoms of the flu include fever or feeling feverish, a cough and/or sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, chills, fatigue and body aches. Children may also have nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. To stop the spread of flu and other respiratory illnesses: