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The flu that’s been sweeping through the Eastern and Midwestern U-S for weeks has arrived in Southern California, and public health officials are urging residents to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Just this week, San Diego County health officials reported four more residents have died from the flu, bringing the total number there to six.
The State health department says there have been at least four other flu-related deaths in California this season.
Here in the Inland Empire, Community Hospital of San Bernardino and St. Bernardine Medical Center have seen a spike in the number of flu cases in recent days. The Director of Emergency Services there, Dr. Brian Bearie, says it’s not too late to get vaccinated:
“Absolutely try and get it, and I say that because, number one, we do not know when the maximum impact of the current flu will arrive. But we also, we can tell you for sure however that the flu will last for months. Just becauxse you’re not effected in the big outbreak doesn’t mean you wont be affected a month or two months down the road.”
Dr. Bearie says its most important that young people, the elderly, and people with other afflictions such as diabetes or heart conditions get vaccinated, because they are most at risk for serious complications that can lead to hospitalization.
Flu vaccinations will be offered for free this Friday, January 18th from 7 am to 1 pm at St. Bernardine Medical Center, located at the corner of Highland and Waterman Avenues in San Bernardino. For more information, go online to stbernardinemedicalcenter.org