All around us, we’re watching friends and relatives fall prey to head colds, and worse, this year’s fierce strain of flu.
My next-door neighbor went down before Christmas with her eight-year-old son, trapped at home until last weekend. My office mate John Gonzales, couch-bound for five days, wobbled into work Wednesday with Kleenex, a faint voice and ragged cough.
So I called the California Department of Public Health with a question: Are we engulfed in the same flu epidemic sweeping the East, South and Midwest?
Not quite yet, I learned. We’re in the “calm before the storm,” and that gives us a second chance to get flu shots if we haven’t already.