Post No. 100! Happy 2014! Flu Season Update

Wow, we started this blog in May 2011, changed our name based on a student suggestion, and since August 2012, we’ve had a post nearly every week – many weeks we had multiple posts. Today, with this post, my WordPress dashboard says this is our 100th Post for this blog. Thank you for your views and emails of support. I don’t do this alone, but have the help of my assistants and teaching assistants. So to all of you I say “Thank You!” for getting us this far.

Been hearing some flu updates yesterday and Wednesday, including a death in Orange County. A 28-year-old woman from San Juan Capistrano had an underlining illness died last week, according to a release by the Orange County Health Care Agency. She acquired H1N1, which is the same strain that cause the 2009 “swine flu” pandemic.

California Department of Public Health is seeing a spike in flu cases in California and around the country.

A 41-year-old woman also with the H1N1 virus died in Santa Clara County, in the Bay Area, on December 23 in a release yesterday. Marin County says 10-20% of people tested for flu-like symptoms tested positive for H1N1. Contra Costa County reports 6 cases of H1N1 flu. The Ventura County Star ( says 12 hospitalizations were reported in Kern County from last Friday through Sunday. In Ventura County, two county residents have been hospitalized with swine flu.

Prevention tips are wash your hands, stay home from work if you’re sick, cover your mouth when you cough, cover your nose when you sneeze. And get your flu shot!

Stay Healthy!


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