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Doctors urge flu shots ahead of potentially severe winter season

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Matthew Bowler
Drive-through flu shot clinic at Sharp HealthCare Coronado hospital, Nov. 1, 2021.

San Diego public health officials are urging residents to get their flu shots as soon as possible, as they warn about the potential for a bad flu season ahead.

The urgency comes in part due to the fact that the number of people getting flu shots in the county is lagging from this time last year.

Lockdowns and social distancing precautions also helped to keep transmission during last year's flu season much lower than usual.

However, experts warn that with decreased immunity and the end of social distancing, flu could be a major problem through the holiday season.

Paul Sisson covers health care for The San Diego Union-Tribune, and he joined Midday Edition on Monday to discuss the coming flu season.

Doctors urge flu shots ahead of potentially severe winter season