November 19, 2018

An amazing year for the wrestling team -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

My Experience at the Women’s March -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

El Regreso Del Racismo -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Parkland Shooting -

Friday, March 2, 2018

California Flu Crisis -

Friday, March 2, 2018

‘Rapping’ Up the Grammy Awards -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

¿Cuál Será el Futuro de DACA? -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Marcus Peters traded to the Rams -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

2018 Upcoming Movies -

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Instagram-Worthy Desserts of San Francisco -

Monday, February 26, 2018

Upcoming Season of Baseball -

Monday, February 26, 2018

Black History Month -

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Black Panther Review -

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Destructive Culture of Social Media -

Friday, February 23, 2018

Badminton season launches into action! -

Friday, February 23, 2018

LimeBike Takes Over! -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

All Star Weekend Highlights -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Chinese New Year Brought to SMHS -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

San Mateo Volleyball Season Kicks Off -

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Van Jones Show:Jay-Z -

Friday, February 16, 2018

California Flu Crisis

     The Golden State is currently experiencing what could be one of its most deadly flu seasons in the past decade.

     Since the beginning of the season, the number of flu-related deaths has risen to 165 people-eight times the number seen at this time last year, according to recent figures released by state public health officials. The state doesn’t collect data on deaths among people over the age of 65 though, meaning that the actual death toll of flu related deaths could be much higher.

     California hospitals have been packed in the past few weeks, with doctors struggling to treat the swell of flu patients that have flooded hospital emergency rooms. In the Bay Area, hospitals and health clinics are calling on nurses and staff members to work extra shifts and placing restrictions on visitors to help prevent further spreading of the virus. Over-the-counter medicines are in high demand and are flying off of shelves, while retailers are rushing to restock them.

     For most people, getting the flu means being miserable for a few days. For the elderly, young children and people with chronic illnesses or weak immune systems, the flu can be deadly. According to WebMD.com, getting the flu can lead to pneumonia and dehydration, a combination that can result in death if not treated properly.

     This flu season, the dominant flu strain in circulation is H3N2, a subtype of the influenza A virus. Experts say that H3N2 is a particularly dangerous strain, as it is more vaccine-resistant than the others. H3N2 “tends to cause more deaths and more hospitalizations than the other strains,” said Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, L.A. County’s interim health officer to the LA Times. H3N2 is particularly known to cause severe illness among young children and older people.

  While vaccinated people are still at risk, the flu shot can help lessen the severity of symptoms for people who get the flu. “It’s still really the best way to protect yourself from flu, and also to protect the vulnerable people around you,” says Dr. Cora Hoover of the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

     Sick people should also stay at home and recover instead of going to work or attending school, to prevent further spreading of the virus. It is important to recover first instead of getting others sick and overexerting yourself.       

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