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Santa Cruz County sees increase in flu activity this season

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Calif. (KION) A spokesperson for the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency said the county has seen an increase in flu activity recently.

Spokesperson Corinne Hyland said the weekly percentage of clinic visits for flu-like illness this season has more than doubled since October. It is also higher than last year's peak. Hyland said flu season peaked in February last year.

No flu deaths have been recorded in Santa Cruz County so far this season.

As of Dec. 28, 54 flu deaths were reported in California this season, but that is a preliminary number.

Officials suggest washing hands often, getting a flu vaccine, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home when sick to prevent getting or spreading disease.

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Avery Johnson

Avery Johnson is the Digital Content Director at KION News Channel 5/46.

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