State Announces Season’s First Flu Death
The Department of Public Health announced Friday that a person older than 65 has died from the flu.
This is California’s first death of the 2014-15 flu season.
“Flu activity is beginning to increase statewide, including reports of hospitalizations and severe disease,” Dr. Ron Chapman, Public Health Director, said in a news release. “We are early on in what could be a severe flu season, and I encourage everyone who has not yet gotten a flu vaccination to do so.”
Health officials say the flu is widespread in 43 states. So far, there have been 21 children killed by the flu this season.
Chapman offered a list of ways to prevent the spread of the flu:
- Stay home and avoid contact with others if you’re sick
- Cover your mouth and nose while coughing and sneezing
- Wash your hands
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth