California is in the midst of the influenza  season and there are a few things you should do and know to protect you and your family.
Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health  (CDPH) and state health officer, says while we are seeing an increase in Flu activity in California it is not an unexpected increase.
“California is seeing an accelerated increase in Flu activity over the past few weeks,” Dr. Chapman said.
Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, M.D. M.P.H., Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health  and Health Officer encourages all to visit their local physician or medical center to get the Flu vaccine.
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“We have quite a bit of Flu now and we have not yet reached the peak,” Dr. Fielding said. “It takes about 10 days to two weeks for the immunization to have full effect.”
For those that have fallen ill it is important to follow these tips to protect not only yourself but others as well:
· limit contact with others
· cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing
· wash hands thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based rub
· avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
Even though you might feel better, the flu virus can still be spread days after symptoms disappear, Dr. Fielding said.
The Los Angeles Department of Public Health offers a list of facilities that offer no to low cost for flu shots for children 18 and under.
“The Flu virus is very common and it is a good time to pay attention,” Dr. Fielding said. “Do not send your child to school if they have symptoms at all.”
For a full list of facilities in the Santa Clarita Valley go to the Los Angeles Department of Public Health. 
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Article Source: Santa Clarita News 
Author: Andrew Delgado