After a slow approach, the flu season is suddenly upon the Sacramento region, with two influenza deaths recorded in late December, officials said.
"We are getting a late start here," said Kate McAuley, immunization project coordinator for Sacramento County. "We really didn't see much activity in the fall, with the weather so nice. But the influenza seems to have had a rapid uptick here in December."
Of the two residents who died of the flu, one was a young man and the other was an elderly patient. Their identities were being withheld.
The wintertime lurch is unlikely to flatten out anytime soon. "Normally, we reach a peak of activity as January and February approach," said McAuley.