Santa Clara County reports its first flu death of the season

Health center emphasizes need for Native Americans to get flu shots

"We can not predict just how severe a flu season is going to be, but a lot more cases are being reported than in previous years, " said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county's public health officer.

OSDH reports 63 hospitalizations associated with the flu since the season began in September.

The person who died was an adult under 65, had other medical conditions that caused a higher risk of severe complications from the flu, and had not received this year's flu vaccine, according to the county's Public Health Department.

Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. But state medical privacy laws prevent any other identifying details about the individual - including their age, race, gender - from being released.

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With the announcement of the first flu case, comes urging from Public Health for anyone who hasn't done so already to get a flu shot soon, particularly those vulnerable to the seasonal illness. "That is why it is so important for everyone six months and older to get the flu vaccine every year". Its symptoms may be similar to those of the common cold, but are usually more severe. Symptoms can include a sudden onset of fever, dry cough, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, sore throat, and nasal congestion or stuffiness.

If you do not have a tissue, cough into your elbow. To find more locations that offer flu vaccines, use the Vaccine Finder.

Wash hands frequently using soap and water, or alcohol-based products such as hand gels when hands are not visibly soiled. For more information visit www.sdiz.org or call 211.

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