A 61-year-old woman is Sacramento County’s first flu death of this winter.
Last week, the county’s public health department said there was an increase in the number of influenza cases.
Friday morning, they reported a woman has died after catching the virus. She was hospitalized in an intensive care unit, and died of complications from the flu.
Three strains of the flu are currently circulating in Sacramento County, H1N1, Influenza A and Influenza B. The currently available flu vaccine covers all three.
The flu is a serious respiratory illness caused by a virus. Symptoms include fever, headache, cough, nasal congestion and body aches. It usually lasts two to seven days
The California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention remind people who are sick to stay home, cover coughs and sneezes, and wash hands with soap and hot water.