- Associated Press - Friday, January 6, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Health officials are warning of a “widespread” flu outbreak in the San Francisco Bay Area, which has already included three flu-related deaths.

The East Bay Times reports (https://bayareane.ws/2i1ELxU ) that the three deaths occurred in Monterey, Solano and Napa counties and have been confirmed by public health officials as flu-related.

Officials are urging people to get flu shots, saying the flu specimens that have been tested closely match the current vaccine strains, meaning the shot is expected to provide good protection this year.

The peak flu season is typically December through February, and may continue until May.

People at highest risk include adults over 65, children under age 5, pregnant women and people with asthma, heart disease or medical conditions that can weaken the immune system.

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Information from: East Bay Times, https://www.eastbaytimes.com

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