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First Flu Death of Season Reported in County

A 41-year-old woman who died shortly before Christmas in Santa Clara County's first flu death of the season, health officials said Friday.

: Modified version of File:CDC-11214-swine-flu.jpg for landscape aspect. Courtesy Wikimedia
: Modified version of File:CDC-11214-swine-flu.jpg for landscape aspect. Courtesy Wikimedia
—By Bay City News Service

A 41-year-old woman who died shortly before Christmas is Santa
Clara County's first flu death of the season, county health officials said
today.

The woman died on Dec. 23 due to the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, according to the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.
         
The county has also recorded seven cases of severe flu so far this flu season, six of which were also confirmed to be H1N1 and one of which was Flu B, officials said.

However, only flu cases in persons less than 65 years of age that are severe enough to require hospitalization in an intensive care unit or result in death are reported to the Public Health Department.

Health officials are urging residents to get vaccinated against the flu, saying it is not too late. This year's vaccine does protect against H1N1.

In addition, residents are reminded to cover their nose and mouth with a tissue when they sneeze or cough, wash their hands often with plain soap and water or alcohol-based hand cleaners, avoid contact with those who are sick and stay home if they are sick themselves.

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Ed Dee January 04, 2014 at 11:48 AM
41!!! Doesn't that seem a little odd to anyone? We've been told death associated with H1N1 has primarily been the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Normally, reporting of a death this young includes the contributing factor; lifelong smoker, AIDS, cancer, pneumonia etc.
Sheila Sanchez January 05, 2014 at 08:51 PM
@Ed Dee ... we're talking deadly swine flu ... lethal pneumonia probably killed her. Super scary so everyone should get their flu shot in town. According to Santa Clara County health officials, six other cases of severe swine flu and Flu B have been reported since flu season started in October. Get your flu shot, Ed! Thanks for the comment!
Ed Dee January 05, 2014 at 11:37 PM
Do you know what the complication was, Shiela? H1N1 does not kill what are otherwise healthy people. Tired of all the fear mongering without basis. I'm older than this woman, and fought both H1N1 and FluB (also referred to as H1N2) last year and survived, though it wasn't much fun. Very interested in what complication lead to this woman's demise. Any way you can find out?
Sheila Sanchez January 06, 2014 at 01:18 AM
@Ed Dee ... will ask. Get back to you Monday. Everyone else please get your flu shot. Stay healthy.

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