Orange County's first influenza-related death

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 31, 2012 at 1:26 pm •  Published: December 31, 2012
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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Health officials say the season's first flu-related death in Orange County is a 51-year-old man.

The county Health Care Agency says the Fountain Valley man died last week from influenza B-related disease. There are no other details.

Influenza A and B cases have been reported in the county.

Those at highest risk are young children, pregnant women, senior citizens, the morbidly obese, health care workers, children and adolescents receiving long-term aspirin therapy and people with chronic diseases, including heart disease, asthma, lung diseases or diabetes.

Health officials say a flu vaccine is the best protection against flu viruses. The flu season hasn't peaked in Orange County and experts say there is still time to get vaccinated.


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