Orange County’s first seasonal death reported

TUSTIN, Calif. (KABC) – Amid a national increase in cases of influenza B, Orange County recently saw its first death this season related to the disease in a person under 65, health officials announced Monday. county.

A Tustin man who had underlying health problems recently died due to complications related to influenza B, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.

“This is an important reminder that influenza can cause serious illness, particularly in people with underlying health conditions,” said Dr. Nichole Quick, a county health officer. “All people over six months of age should get vaccinated every year.”
The news came when officials across the country and in Southern California warn that they are seeing a potent strain B of the flu this year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there have been about 9.7 million cases of flu across the country this season, with 87,000 hospitalizations and 4,800 deaths.

The early prevalence of the B-strain influenza virus seems to affect children more, with 32 pediatric deaths so far this season, the most at the beginning of the season since the CDC began tracking 16 years.

More information about the flu and resources in Orange County is available here.

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