In Los Angeles County, the first death has been confirmed due to the flu. The victim was from San Fernando Valley and was infected with the influenza B strain. It was known that the victim has other underlying medical conditions which may have increased the risk of death from the virus.
The first flu related hospitalization occurred in July. Then there were random cases of Type A and Type B influenza cases during August and September.
Dr. Jonathan Fielding, the county’s health officer, advised individuals 6 months and older to get their flu vaccines. Pregnant women, elderly people, children under the age of 5, and individuals with preexisting conditions should definitely get their flu shot as soon as possible since their risk of complications from the flu increases.
Health workers in the Los Angeles County are required to get vaccinated against the flu or wear a mask at work.
Dr. Fielding said that they “cannot predict how severe or mild the season will be, but the sooner you get the seasonal vaccine… the sooner you will be protected.”
During the 2012-2013 flu season, 69 individuals died, including seven children. Last season, the Public Health Department said that last year, the flu season was “moderately severe.”
The county will offer free flu vaccinations at community outreach events. As preventative measures, people are urged to wash hands frequently, to cover the nose and mouth while coughing or sneezing and to stay at home from work or school when ill.
If you still have not received your flu vaccine, come to Valley Occupational Medical Center to get your flu shot. We are open from 7 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday. We are walk-in basis, therefore, come on in!!!!!!