Huge Jump in Confirmed Flu Deaths

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More deaths in California are confirmed to be caused by the flu, a jump of 38 deaths from last week.

The California Department of Public Health now says there are 45 deaths statewide related to influenza, including two kids. The two kids who died lived in Los Angeles and San Mateo counties.

Sacramento has the most deaths related to the flu compared to other California counties. The county reports they recorded 11 flu-related deaths as of Friday morning, and another 64 people have needed medical treatment in Intensive Care Units.

There are another 50 deaths being reported by county health departments that have not been confirmed by the state yet.

The state agency says there is no shortage of flu vaccine this season, and they urge people to get vaccinated.

In addition, take simple precautions like washing hands thoroughly, cover nose and mouth when coughing and if someone is sick, stay home and away from crowds.

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