(Flu related deaths increase statewide)….This according to the California Department of Public Health.
The Department says there have now been 45 flu related deaths in the state, including two pediatric deaths. That is an increase of 38 deaths from last weeks report. Doctor Ron Chapman, Director of the state Public Health Department, says flu activity continues to increase statewide. There have been no flu related deaths in Imperial County. Chapman says the state is clearly in the midst of what appears to be an earlier peaking, severe flu season. The Doctor says he is encouraging those who have not received a flu shot, to get one. He says the influenza vaccination remains the most effective way to protect against the flu. He says people who are sick should do what they can to protect against spreading the germs. They should limit contact, cover their mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, wash hands thoroughly with soap and water, or use an alcohol based rub, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.