Flu cases on the rise in Kern, 12 hospitalized

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File of a flu shot being administered

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) -- Public health officials in Kern County are warning of a serious spike in flu cases.

As of  Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, 12 people were hospitalized locally and the Centers for Disease Control reported widespread flu activity in 10 states. Kern County Public Health Officer Dr. Claudia Jonah said it's a great concern when in the span of two days you have 12 people going into the hospital, eight in the Intensive Care Unit, because of influenza.

Only one of the people in the 12 cases had been vaccinated.

The season locally runs through May. Vaccines are readily available at pharmacies, doctors offices and through the health department. "If you received a flu vaccine in recent months you are protected for this season," said Dr. Jonah.