River­side County re­ports first flu-as­so­ci­ated death of sea­son

Imperial Valley Press - - LOCAL & REGION - STAFF RE­PORT

RIVER­SIDE — A 60-year-old River­side man who re­cently died at a lo­cal hos­pi­tal tested pos­i­tive for in­fluenza, ac­cord­ing to health of­fi­cials.

The death is con­sid­ered the first flu-as­so­ci­ated death of this flu sea­son in River­side County.

Last year, there were 23 flu-as­so­ci­ated deaths in River­side County of in­di­vid­u­als age 64 or younger. There were 80,000 flu deaths na­tion­ally, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion.

The River­side res­i­dent had re­cently been hos­pi­tal­ized and died at the fa­cil­ity ear­lier this week, ac­cord­ing to health of­fi­cials.

“This is a tragic re­minder that the flu still kills,” said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, River­side County Pub­lic Health of­fi­cer. “We con­tinue to rec­om­mend com­mu­nity mem­bers get their flu shot. Get your flu shot and get pro­tected.”

While this in­di­vid­ual did re­ceive the flu vac­cine, health of­fi­cials be­lieve that un­der­ly­ing health is­sues con­tributed to his death

No flu-re­lated deaths have been re­ported so far in Im­pe­rial County, said Maria Peinado, pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fice for the Im­pe­rial County Pub­lic Health Depart­ment. “Flu ac­tiv­ity re­mains low,” she said.

“What we can say,” she added, “is that we en­cour­age in­di­vid­u­als to get a flu shot to pre­vent the flu and flu vac­cine is avail­able in our com­mu­nity at lo­cal com­mu­nity clin­ics, pri­vate providers, phar­ma­cies and at the Im­pe­rial County Pub­lic Health Depart­ment.”

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