As of the end of January, seven Californians under the age of 65 had died from the flu since the start of the season in October. At this time last year, there had been 18 flu deaths, and two years ago, there were 147 deaths.
Already this week, more people have been showing up at Kaiser urgent care centers and emergency rooms with flu-like symptoms than went to the centers a few weeks ago, he said.
And California's flu season often lags behind the rest of the country, since the virus travels from east to west, Dryjanski said. Last year, the flu season peaked nationally in December, but peaked in California in January.
Nationally, numbers of flu cases are low in most states, but experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that they expect to see more in the coming weeks.
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