Gearing up for battle: What Australia's tough flu season means for us

Henrietta Brewer
October 12, 2017

Influenza upper respiratory infection.

Nothing is ever a sure bet with influenza, but experts warn that sometimes the United States gets in its flu season what Australia got in its flu season, which is just coming to an end.

State health officials say to help avoid becoming one of those cases in the weeks ahead, you should consider getting a flu shot. You can also purchase a subscription and have full access to the site. Symptoms vary by age but can include: fever/chills, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, cough, headache and a runny or stuffy nose. It is contagious, spread by coughing, sneezing and close contact. Influenza symptoms are usually worse than a cold and last longer.

Influenza (flu) vaccine can reduce your chances of getting influenza, or it can make influenza less severe if you do get it. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is urging state residents to get vaccinated this season, noting that young children, individuals who are 65 years and older, pregnant women, and individuals with certain medical conditions are at greater risk of experiencing flu-related complications. "Touching their germs could get you sick". Tens of thousands of people die every year of complications from influenza, according to the CDC. Those numbers have remained mostly stagnant for the last several years, even with some decreases in past years among senior citizens, according to the National Foundation of Infectious Diseases.

Fluzone High-Dose: It is a high potency vaccine that contains four times the amount of antigen compared to a standard flu shot.

In the 2015-16 season, the CDC estimates that 310,000 were hospitalized for illnesses related to influenza. You've got a lot of things working against you.

If you need to find a free flu-shot clinic, look for information on the county's immunization website at or by calling 211 San Diego. Shots are also available at local health departments, private doctors, and Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation.

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