Redding, Calif --- Sick patients are filling up rooms at Mercy Medical Hospital in Redding as the cold and flu season started earlier than normal this year.
"This is kinda around the time we typicaly see it rise up usually around the time of January and February are the high months," said Matt Miles the Medical Director of infectious diseases at Mercy Medical
According to the CDC, 21 states are experiencing high levels of flu activity, with 36 states reporting widespread activity during the week ending December 23rd.
But Miles says more people are getting sick this year despite having taken a flu shot.
Part of that is because the shot isn’t work.
“It kind of mutates over time and you can get big changes or you can get little changes so even with those little changes they need to reformulate the vaccine each year.”
But there are some ways you can keep your family safe.
These options include washing your hands, using hand sanitizer, and covering your mouth while coughing.
But doctors say if you’re already sick the most important factor to getting better is rest.
" If you’re sick you should stay home you want to get plenty of rest you’re not going to recover very quickly if you continue to work while you’re sick,” said Darlynn Dobb , Infection Preventionist.
Doctors at Mercy add the shot is still the best defense against getting sick.
You can get that done at your primary doctor’s office or Walgreens Pharmacy.
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