Riverside University Health System health officials address upcoming flu season

Health experts from Riverside University Health System (RUHS) Medical Center, Public Health and Behavioral Health gathered September 24 to discuss the upcoming flu season and offer residents information on the best way to protect against the flu in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

Riverside County Board of Supervisors Chairman V. Manuel Perez kicked off the virtual press event with remarks that urged the importance of protecting against the flu, followed by Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser offering a historical perspective of the flu in Riverside County.

RUHS physician Dr. Ronald McCowan talked about the difference between flu and coronavirus symptoms. Dr. Andy Williams, PharmD, Sr. Clinical Pharmacist, RUHS, advised on the best time to get the flu vaccine. RUHS Behavioral Health administrator Marcus Cannon offered suggestions for coping with the many stressors residents have experienced as part of the pandemic.

Flu shot clinics are planned at some coronavirus testing locations in October, as well as at RUHS care clinics located throughout Riverside County. For more information, visit


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