The number of flu-related deaths in California rose by 35 last week to a total of 278 so far this season -- and Sacramento County has one of the highest death rates, according to state figures released today.
About 2 of every 100,000 Sacramento County residents under the age of 65 have died from the flu so far this season, more than double the statewide rate. Much of the Central Valley also has flu death rates well above the state average.
Statewide, the number of flu deaths so far this season is more than double the total number of deaths during all of the last flu season.
Even a single death from the flu is a tragedy, said Dr. Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health. The best way to prevent influenza is by getting vaccinated. The influenza season continues and its not too late for vaccination.
This map shows flu death rates among Californians under 65 so far this flu season.
Note: State data sometimes lags data reported separately by counties. Currently, county health officials say Sacramento County has seen 28 flu-related deaths.