One died on January 11 and the other on January 13, said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, health officer for the Santa Clara County Health Department, adding the men, both 58 years old, had other health issues that were exacerbated by influenza.
California health officials say that the flu is now widespread throughout the state, and that one new death of person under 65 has been reported, bringing this season’s flu-related deaths to five people.
Santa Clara County health officials announced on Thursday the first known Bay Area flu-related death of the season.
Health officials say there have been two flu deaths in the Sacramento area and influenza cases are increasing throughout the region.
The flu started early and the virus is spreading rapidly. In an update Friday, the Centers for Disease Control reports a high level of flu activity in 29 states and a moderate level in nine others. Health officials say it’s not too late to get vaccinated. We look at who should get the flu shot.
Thousands of Bay Area health care workers are under orders to get a flu shot vaccination or wear a mask at work this flu season.
A physician with the Contra Costa County Health Services – and part-time musician – has come up with a unique way to tell health care workers of the importance of getting a flu shot.
The peak of flu season is still weeks away, though the latest vaccines are already being distributed.