"The Northridge natural disaster was the last time we saw over 200 patients", emergency room medical director Dr. There are also more people who have died from the flu in California this season than in years past. This season's cold virus season is regularly at the very least around February.
In San Bernardino and Riverside Counties east of Los Angeles, emergency rooms are so crowded that ambulances aren't immediately able to unload their patients, preventing them from responding to incoming 911 calls, said Jose Arballo Jr., spokesman for the Riverside County Department of Public Health. They include barring visitors showing flu symptoms and those other than immediate family or other significant persons.
California isn't the only state that has been impacted by the flu.
Indiana's health commissioner is urging Hoosiers to get their flu shots and take other precautions amid a surge in flu-related illnesses and deaths.
While some experts have said this year's vaccine may be only 10 percent effective, Amato says the Center for Disease Control reports it's 40 to 60 percent effective.
"It tends to cause a greater number of passings and a bigger number of hospitalizations than alternate strains", said Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, Los Angeles County's between time wellbeing officer.
The flu has hit California so hard this season, drug stores have come up short on pharmaceutical to treat it, crisis rooms are pressed and the loss of life is rising.
Caroline Bringenberg was prescribed Tamiflu on Wednesday but the 25-year-old Los Angeles resident said her local CVS had run out of it.
"I've simply kind of surrendered", Bringenberg said through sneezes.
While Tamiflu doesn't dispense with flu, it can decrease the seriousness of side effects and to what extent they last.