Sacramento County reports increase in flu deaths and patients

3:42 PM, Jan 7, 2014   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO - The H1N1 flu virus - also known as the "swine flu" - is putting more people in the hospital in Sacramento County.

As of Monday, there were 15 patients in hospital intensive care units with H1N1, according to Laura McCasland, speaking for the county's Health and Human Services division.

Three people have died from complications of the virus. McCasland said the two most recent were a woman in her 30s and a man in his 50s. They are in addition to the death of a 61-year-old woman from the influenza virus reported last week by the county.

Flu virus symptoms can include body aches, fever, headache, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and tiredness.

This season's flu vaccine, which protects against the H1N1, Influenza A and Influenza B strains showing up, is still available and recommended for anyone over 6 months of age. This link will help you find where you can get inoculated.

Monday, Stanislaus County public health officials said they had received reports of three people who had died in their area after contracting the flu this season.


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