State Announces Season’s First Flu Death

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Flu Shot in High Demand as Season Goes On

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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