The flu season has swept into the East Bay and it has the potential to be a doozy.
A strong flu strain known as H3N2 has been circulating on the East Coast, according to an article in the Contra Costa Times.
That strain has reportedly made its way to California. The Bay Area is one of two spots in the state where outbreaks have been reported.
Kaiser medical centers are reporting an uptick in patients with the flu coming into their facilities, according to the Times article.
Medical officials say this season's flu shot is a good match for this winter's flu strains, including the H3N2 variation.
To find a flu vaccine provider in your area, visit FluShot.HealthMap.org and enter your address for the closest pharmacies and medical centers offering the shot.
Kaiser has a fact sheet online about the flu. It answers questions such as whether you can catch the flu from a flu shot and how serious the flu can be.
Do you get a flu shot each year? Why? Why not? Share your experience in the comments.