Flu deaths in Californians under 65 continued to mount Friday, now totaling at least 42, according to state public health officials.
At least 16 flu-related fatalities have been reported in the Greater Bay Area, including six in Contra Costa County; five in Santa Clara County; two in Monterey County, and one each in Santa Cruz, Marin and Solano counties.
The flu season, which began Oct. 1, has exploded over the last month in the Golden State, and is on track to being the worst in 10 years, state public health experts said this week.
As hospital emergency rooms continue to be overwhelmed with flu patients, public health officials everywhere are urging anyone who has not yet received a flu vaccine to get one as soon as possible.
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The California Department of Public Health this week noted that most of the 65- and-under age victims who have died were adults, and 70 percent were not vaccinated.
Experts say vaccines are especially important for people at high risk for serious flu-related complications that can lead to hospitalization, and even death. That includes pregnant women; children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old; people 65 and older and people who have certain medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease.
For more information on the flu, and locations of flu-shot clinics in your area, go to the California Department of Public Health website.
Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle