New numbers released by Sacramento County officials Wednesday show that a total of 14 people have died due to the flu in the area.
Additionally, 74 Sacramento County residents have been admitted to the ICU, the Department of Health and Human Services notes. Of those who have died, some are noted to have had underlying conditions, like diabetes and cancer.
The number of deaths is already coming close to number of deaths seen back in 2013, where Sacramento County saw a total of 16 flu-related deaths. However, county officials are quick to note that the effects of the flu are hard to gauge – meaning that it will be difficult to truly predict how many people will be affected over the course of the season.
County officials note that this season’s flu cases look to stem primarily from the H1N1 strain.
To help stop the further spread of the flu, county officials are pushing for people to get vaccinated. All three strains of the flu that are going around Sacramento are covered by the flu shot.
For more information on where you can get vaccinated, and for more information on the flu, head to http://www.flu.gov/