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>> And I was just, I thought it was something more serious than the flu, cuz I've never had the flu like this before->> Joshua LeGate is one of hundreds of thousands of Americans struggling to fight the influenza A virus known as H3N2.>>
The flu season is intense this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control, with many more people being rushed to hospitals.
Since October, more than 40 people in California under the age of 65 have died from the flu. State officials say that compares to just nine deaths at the same time last year. To deal with a surge of patients, some California hospitals have put up so-called surge tents or disaster tents.
>> Our emergency room's been significantly busier than usual. So usually we see between 220 and 240 patients a day. We peaked out at 303 patients a couple weeks ago. We've been seeing the 280, 290 range.>> His advice for staying healthy?>> Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands.
It really is the most important thing. Number two is to continue to get the flu vaccine.>> The current flu vaccine appears to be about 30% effective according to the CDC. Which says the severity of this year's flu is still not as bad as the 2014, 2015 flu season, which also was driven by an H3N2 virus.
But that's of little comfort to the scores of people suffering right now with the flu's aches and pains.