Two more people have died of flu in Sacramento County– and five more people were admitted to intensive care with flulike symptoms.
Over the weekend, influenza claimed the life of a woman in her 30s and a man in his 50s. Sacramento County officials are not aware at this time of any underlying illnesses in either of the people who died.
The two tested positive for H1N1, the predominant strain circulating so far in the 2013-14 season. According to an alert to physicians from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Protection, H1N1 tends to strike mainly young and middle-aged adults in good health.
On Friday, it was reported that the first death from flu this season occurred in Sacramento, a 61-year-old woman who was hospitalized shortly after experiencing symptoms.
A total of 10 people with flulike symptoms had been hospitalized in intensive care units by Friday. On Monday, the Sacramento County Department of Health learned that five more had been hospitalized with flu symptoms.
Three strains of flu are circulating in Sacramento County, two strains of influenza A - including H1N1 - and one strain of influenza B. The widely available flu vaccine covers all three strains of the flu that have been detected. This year, for the first time, a high-dose vaccination is available and recommended for the elderly.
Flu vaccines take two weeks to become fully effective. Peak influenza activity typically occurs in late December to early February. The Sacramento County Department of Public Health recommends a flu shot once a season.
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