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First flu death of season reported in Sacramento County

3:57 PM, Jan 3, 2014   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO - On Friday, Sacramento County announced the first influenza death this season.

A 61-year-old woman died of complications from the virus, said county spokesperson Laura McCasland. The woman had been hospitalized; one of 10 patients to be admitted to hospital ICUs with the flu in recent weeks.

McCasland said three strains of influenza are showing up the county: H1N1 "swine", Influenza A and Influenza B.

The flu virus can come on suddenly. Symptoms may include feeling achy, having a fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat and nasal congestion. The symptoms can last two to seven days.

The good news is the available flu vaccine protects against all three and it's not too late to get inoculated.

Where you can get a flu vaccination 

It takes about two weeks to become fully protected from the flu strains.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health recommend flu vaccinations for those 6 months old and older, including pregnant women. Young adults can get the H1N1 strain and should be inoculated too.

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