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We might joke about "man flu", but anyone who's ever had influenza knows it's no laughing matter. The virus spreads easily from person to person by direct contact, coughing and sneezing.

"Even though flu activity in California and much of the country is now at relatively low levels, the occurrence of this death should serve to inform everyone that influenza is circulating in our county and can potentially cause very serious illness", said Yolo County Health Officer Dr. Ron Chapman.

"Nobody wants to catch the flu and flu vaccines are a great defense against this common, but potentially risky illness", Kamenetz said.

"Be aware that it takes 2 weeks for the flu vaccines to totally immunize you as well as it's going to".

It's important to remember that no vaccine is 100% effective so you might still get the flu - although, if you do, it's likely to be a milder dose than otherwise and it shouldn't last as long.

Influenza, commonly known as "the flu", is a viral illness caused by the influenza virus that affects many people every year.

Is the flu jab free on the NHS?

Given as an injection for people over 65.

A seasonal flu clinic from 10 a.m.to 6 p.m. will offer the Flublok vaccine for those 18 years and older (traditional vaccine will be given to those under 18).

Is it worth paying for the flu jab?

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