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The flu has arrived in the Bay Area. Prepare for it like an epidemiologist
San Francisco Chronicle

Though this year’s flu season has nothing on last year’s — one of deadliest in the past decade — when it comes to influenza, vigilance is ever important, say infectious disease and public health experts.

Local and state reports show that the flu season is well under way in the Bay Area, with the first deaths announced this month. Now that the flu is again widely circulating, doctors, nurses and public health officials are closely watching several key surveillance reports to help them prepare for the season at hand.

 “The flu is not making the news like last year’s pandemic did. But it’s definitely out there,” said Dr. Jeffrey Silvers, medical director of infectious disease at Sutter Health. “We’re still going to have a lot of people get sick and a lot of people die.”