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Dangerous Flu Season

The 2013-14 flu season is proving to be dangerous, as a strong virus is making the rounds.

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Number of Flu-Related Deaths Tops 300

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There are now more than 300 deaths in the State of California from the flu this season.

The California Department of Public Health announced Friday there are 302 confirmed flu-related deaths for the 2013-14 season. There are an additional 19 deaths that are being investigated around the state.

Of the 302 flu-related deaths, six of them are children.

Los Angeles County has had 44 deaths, Sacramento and San Diego both have 25 flu-related deaths.

Although the number of total flu deaths keeps increasing, the number of hospitalizations and outpatient visits has decreased to levels normal for this time of year.

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Flu Deaths in CA Rise to 278, Hospitalizations Slow Down

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Flu deaths in California climb higher this week, 278 deaths in people under 65 around the state since the fall are related to the flu.

The California Department of Public Health updated their numbers Friday, saying six of the flu-related deaths are children. There are also another 29 deaths around the state being investigated as possibly being caused by the flu.

Los Angeles has the most flu-related deaths of 36, but Sacramento is a close second with 25 deaths.

For comparison, during the 2012-2013 flu season there were a total of 106 deaths.

Despite the growing number of deaths, health officials say both outpatient visits and hospitalizations for people with the flu is decreasing.

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California Flu Deaths Reach 240+, Officials Say Rate is Slowing

Flu Shot in High Demand as Season Goes OnSACRAMENTO -

California health officials have confirmed 243 deaths across the state are flu-related.

Four of those deaths during the 2013-2014 flu season are kids under 18.

Despite the increase in confirmed flu-related deaths, state health officials say the rate of hospitalizations and outpatient visits is decreasing.

“The downward trend in the number of influenza cases is a good sign, but the season is far from over,” Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health, said.

Sacramento County still has one of the higher numbers of flu-related deaths. The county earlier this week reported 26 deaths.

Los Angeles has the most according to the California Department of Public Health, with 33 deaths.

Flu Shot in High Demand as Season Goes OnSUTTER COUNTY-

Sutter County health officials announced Monday that the flu claimed its first victim under the age of 65 in the region.

Dr. Lou Anne Cummings, with County of Sutter Public Health, added that the person was younger than 18.

Officials say the strain of flu prevalent in the 2013-14 season is much more serious than in years past. State officials said Friday that there have been 202 confirmed flu-related deaths, and another 41 were being investigated.

Infants, the elderly, those with other health conditions and pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to the flu.

Health experts agree that the best way of preventing the flu is to get vaccinated.

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State Confirms 200+ Flu-Related Deaths

Flu Shot in High Demand as Season Goes OnSACRAMENTO-

There are now more than 200 statewide deaths related to the flu this season.

The California Department of Public Health announced Friday they have confirmed 202 flu-related deaths, and another 41 are under investigation.

Sacramento County has the most flu-related deaths in the state, more than two dozen.

The CDPH says a handful of the people who died from complications from the flu had gotten the flu shot.

The health department says the best prevention is getting the flu vaccine; officials say there is no widespread shortage of the vaccine.

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Sacramento County Reports 24 Flu-Related Deaths

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Two dozen people in Sacramento have died from complications after getting the flu virus. Almost 100 people in the county needed intensive care to recover after getting the flu.

These serious cases are predominantly the H1N1 strain, according to county health officials. In addition to the larger-than-normal number of deaths and serious illnesses from this year’s flu, they say this strain is affecting young and healthy people with no underlying health conditions.

“We are concerned that young and healthy individuals are not getting vaccinated, because their demographic group is not typically severely impacted by influenza.  What is different with H1N1, compared to the other strains, is that we are seeing severe disease in young and healthy people,” Dr. Olivia Kasirye, Sacramento County Public Health Officer, said in a statement Wednesday.

For comparison, during the 2012-2013 flu season, there were 16 flu-related deaths in Sacramento County.

Of the 24 deaths so far in Sacramento county, five people were between the ages of 40 to 49, and 16 were between the ages of 50 and 64.

Dr. Kasirye and other health officials urge everyone age 6 months and older to get the flu vaccine; the flu season has not peaked yet.

The flu can come on suddenly, with symptoms including fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat and nasal congestion.

It’s Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot

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More than 1,400 people received free flu shots at Kaiser Permanente Point West Medical Offices on Tuesday afternoon.

The hospital held the event in partnership with the Sacramento Kings, whose doctors are the team physicians for the Kings.

The free clinic came at a crucial time, when Sacramento County is seeing an unusually high number of flu related deaths.

Already, there are 21 confirmed deaths in the county for people under 65, compared to last season’s total of 16. There are also 91 people fighting the virus in intensive care.

This makes Sacramento County number one in flu related deaths per capita in the State.

“So many people dying from it, the flu this year, so I thought it was important for us to get it together as a family,” Francianna Patterson said. Patterson arrived with her pregnant daughter and grandson.

At around 4 p.m., Sacramento Kings starting point guard, Isaiah Thomas gave meet and greets to fans who received flu shots.

“I’ve been a big advocate of health,” Thomas said. “Whether it’s fitness or nutrition or the flu, I try to get the word out to the community.”

If you missed this opportunity, the Yolo County Free Flu Shot Clinic will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at the West Sacramento City Hall at 1110 West Capitol Avenue, between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. The Sacramento County Free Flu Shot Clinic will be held Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Voter Registration Office at 7000 65th Street, from noon to 3 p.m.


Leon Burns spent his Christmas having fun, dancing with his wife and kids, but no one could have guessed that he’d be gone in a matter of weeks.

“The last conversation we had was when I was taking him to the hospital, and he was saying, ‘I wouldn’t wish this on anything. I don’t know what’s wrong with me,’” Tanisha, Leon’s wife, said.

Burns, 38, worked as a warehouse man, was in great shape to begin with and on top of that, he loved to work out. He especially liked it when he could get one of his seven kids to join him.

“I would just chill, watch TV, and he’d go, ‘Hey, it’s 6 o’clock. time to work out. Thirty push-ups,’” one of Leon’s sons, Kida, said.

When Burns first started feeling sick, he didn’t think much of it. But he got worse and worse, eventually landing in a hospital emergency room, and from there to an intensive care unit. Doctors told his family it was the H1N1 strain of the flu.

It filled his lungs with fluid and shut his kidneys down and in the end, a man in prime physical condition, in the prime of his life, couldn’t hold on.

“Now, I’m just terrified. I feel like we can going get fresh air anymore. It’s like, what’s in the air?” Tanisha said.

Doctors told Tanisha to get flu shots for all the kids. They told her it probably would not have been prevented Leon from getting sick, but it might have made the illness less severe, and maybe even saved his life.

Burns’ family has started a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for his funeral. Click here if you’d wish to contribute.

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California Flu Crisis Reaches “Epidemic” Level, 147 Deaths

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First a drought, now California is dealing with another widespread crisis, the flu.

State health officials confirmed the state is now in a flu epidemic, as deaths continue to climb.

The California Department of Public Health has confirmed 147 people statewide died from the flu, and they are investigating another 44 deaths.

For comparison, last year at this time there were only 14 flu-related deaths.

Doctors from the health department said four of the deaths were children.

They say because of the increasing number of deaths and those seeking treatment in hospitals, across the whole state, the situation meets the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s definition of an epidemic.

Doctors remind everyone there is still flu vaccine available, and they say it is the best defense to fight flu.

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