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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  • Mary Alred

    If you look at CDPH website, they say there were 47 deaths in a week, but you need to look as they adjust to the correct weeks. There may have been reported 47 in a week but they are put on the correct weeks. so for instance last week there was 2 deaths for that week. The big peak about a month ago. Also to get a flu shot now is pointless. Please media and CDPH, needs to point this all out. Usual media spin.