California is the nation’s most populous state. What happens in the state is often an indicator what is happening in the rest of the country. Right now, health officials are worried about the flu. This particular flu season has been especially hard on many people. Health officials in the state believe it to be one of the worst in recent memory. The flu can take a heavy toll even on previously healthy people. While it tends to hit hardest in vulnerable populations such as the elderly and those already sick, the flu can also be a serious danger to those who otherwise have no previous medical conditions. As a result, health officials in the state are stepping up efforts to help prevent, treat and reduce the spread of the flu across the state. They are hopeful such measures will reduce casualties and help keep more Californians from getting very sick.
Flu Vaccine Clinics
One way that officials are trying to help reduce the effects from the flu in the state is by setting up free flu vaccine clinics. The flu vaccine may not always prevent people from getting sick but it has been shown to reduce the level of necessary hospitalizations. The flu has hit residents brutally. In the last six weeks alone, seventy-four people in California have died as a result of the disease. This has officials very worried. During the same five weeks last year, only fourteen people died as result of the flu. People can still get the vaccine right now from many area hospitals. Officials have also set up specific wards in the hospitals to help officials cope with the influx of patients and avoid further spread of the disease.
Worst May Be Past
While the flu is creating problems in the state, several health officials take a more optimistic view. They think that the flu season may have hopefully peaked in the last few weeks. As a result, they think that patterns indicate that the flu season may be on the wane and fewer Californians may be risk. While officials are hopeful that the worst may have passed, they still caution their patients. The season is not over yet. People who are at risk in some way should still consider getting the shot if they have not done so already. They remind residents to take proper precautions to help avoid the disease from spreading further.