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The number of affected individuals in San Diego tripled compared to previous year, county officials said.

If you need more information on the flu vaccine, Bureau County Senior Center in Princeton, Illinois can help.

"By getting the shot now, you'll be protected for the course of the flu season, which can last through spring", said Diane McHugh, Immunization Coordinator for Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC).

"But influenza is unpredictable", Herlihy said.

However, former WHO researcher, Dr Peter Collignon, told The Guardian the strain of vaccine used this year, A (H3N2), "basically didn't work and was zero per cent effective for those over 65" - a claim confirmed by the Public Health England figures. "Steps taken now to stop the spread of flu could make a huge difference". Both numbers are higher than average for this time of year, state epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy said, adding that such numbers could signal a wicked flu season.

The Health Alliance has policies which "outline where we would open beds, how we would increase our staffing levels to accommodate those extra patients" and address other issues, she said.

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The flu, also called influenza, is a disease cause by the influenza virus.

The number of influenza cases so far this fall is outrunning last year's pace by more than 3-to-1, San Diego County health officials reported today. No outbreaks were declared.

One can't get the flu from the flu shot. "When you get your flu shot, you're also helping to reduce the amount of illness in our community, which helps protect the folks who can't get a flu shot, like babies younger than 6 months old". "The side effects are usually non-existent or very, very mild".

Everyone older than six months old should get the vaccine, including pregnant women. The health unit then coordinates distribution with pharmacies, family doctors and nurse practitioners.

Sir Bruce said: "Many people are very anxious that this winter will be particularly hard - the thing that I worry about most is that we have an outbreak of flu or an outbreak of norovirus which puts an added strain on the NHS service".

"They think it's diarrhea and upset stomach", he said.

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