Flu on the Rise, Shots Still Available

California health officials say this year's flu vaccine is a good match for the season's most common strains, but the state still could be in for a severe flu season.

You know the drill: Get a flu shot, cover your coughs and sneezes, and wash your hands -- a lot. State health officials say these are still the best ways to avoid getting and passing on the flu virus. Signs pointing to an earlier and more severe flu season than usual should be extra incentive.

Public Health officials say the flu is now widespread throughout the state and hospitalizations are up.

Ten VA facilities of the Palo Alto Health System are offering vaccines to thousands of military veterans. And kids 4 to 18 years old can get free flu shots at many Bay Area Target pharmacies until the end of the month.

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