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Flu Now Widespread in California

Nursing student administers flu shot. (queensu/Flickr)

Nursing student administers flu shot. (queensu/Flickr)

State health officials are urging Californians to get vaccinated against the flu. At least nine people have died in the Bay Area in recent weeks.

The main culprit is the H1N1 strain, also known as swine flu. This is the same subtype of influenza that caused a pandemic in 2009-2010.

The vaccine is widely available and well suited to protect against the circulating H1N1 strain, officials say. Doctors’ offices, pharmacies and grocery stores carry the vaccine. In addition, local health departments generally provide the vaccine at low or no cost. Continue reading