Placer County could register its second flu death of season
A nasty, long-lasting strain of influenza has all of
The California Department of Health had counted flu 74 deaths by mid-month, with new totals to be released Friday expected to increase that number. At the same time, a year earlier, 14 deaths had been reported. The state tracks flu deaths of people under 65.
“Like other counties across the state and nation, flu season hit early and hit hard in Placer this year,”
Prevention precautions are specially important for people with weaker immune systems, he said.
State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith said that a flu shot is still an option in the battle to stay ahead of the disease. The mid-January state statistics showed 44 outbreaks and hospitalizations for flu above expected levels in all 58
“Although influenza season usually peaks between December and February, flu activity can occur as late as May, which means it is not too late to get vaccinated,” Smith said.
It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body to respond fully but there are still questions about the effectiveness about the strain of flu causing so many illnesses this year. Data will be available in February from the Centers for Disease Control on how effective the current vaccine is.
No personal identifying information is being released by the county or state on flu-death victims.