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First influenza related death in Imperial County

(First influenza related death in Imperial County)…The County Public Health Department would not release very much detail.

They did say the Department had been notified over the weekend that the death had occurred at a hospital in Imperial County. Maria Peinado, spokesperson for the local Department said the victim was under 65 years of age and had not received an influenza vaccination in the past six-month. The cause of death was attributed to the Influenza  A H1N1 strain. State Public Health Officials say the flu virus appears to be just peaking in California. It is strongly recommended that people get the flu shot. They say that is still the best way to protect against influenza. Statewide there have been 45 deaths reported. It is also suggested that those with the flu take precautions so as not to spread germs. Cover the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Wash hands with soap and water, or use an alcohol based rub. Keep hands away from eyes, nose and mouth. And, try to avoid touching others as much as possible.