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The Season Is Here: Where to Get Flu Shots in Union City

Here's where to get a 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: This time last year, flu cases were lower in Oakland than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. (Union City-specific data is not available on Flu Trends.)

Overall in California, activity is considered moderate now, while it was considered low at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends.

If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places in Union City that offer the vaccine:

Safeway

Rite Aid

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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:

Tim December 07, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Actually September and October are the times to get vaccinated. It takes up to two weeks to develop antibodies to be consistent with immunity and even then its a crap shoot because there is no universal flu vaccine. We're using 40 year old technology to develop vaccines based on so called experts "best guess" as to what type of flu will be seen. It's estimated that the vaccine is about 59% effective at providing at least limited protection from the virus.

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