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The Season Is Here: Where to Get Flu Shots in Mountain View

Here's where to get an influenza vaccine, how to recognize symptoms and what to know about treatment if you get sick.

Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: Cases of influenza in Silicon Valley are at the moderate stage right now, about the same as were last year, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. (Mountain View-specific data is not available on Flu Trends.)

It was in the winter season of 2009-2010 that the flu virus hit our area so hard.

Overall in California, activity is also considered moderate so far, the same as at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends.

Mountain View residents who want to get vaccinated can do so at Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy and Rite-Aid locations. To find the location nearest you, use the Flu Vaccine Finder at the top of this page.

According to this week's CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are on the increase across the country. 

Five states—Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee—are reporting flu rates not normally seen until January, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The flu season normally peaks in January and February.

Holiday travel and more time spent indoors due to soggy weather will contribute to the spread of the flu virus, so now is the time to get vaccinated.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the following information:

 

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