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Sacramento County updates flu death toll to 24 this season

02/05/2014 12:51 PM

02/05/2014 2:05 PM

Sacramento County public health officials today updated the number of flu fatalities in the county to 24 residents, three more than were reported on Monday. Thirteen of the victims were women and 11 were men.

A total of 98 patients have been hospitalized in intensive care units throughout the county during the 2013-2014 flu season.

The predominant strain is still the H1N1 influenza A virus, one which Dr. Sam Louie of UC Davis Medical Center said has “surprised everybody” with its virulence.

“This is just one more reminder that Mother Nature can surprise us,” Louie said.

Today, a free flu vaccination clinic is being held in West Sacramento at West Sacramento City Hall, 1110 W. Capitol Ave, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today. Yolo County Public Health Department officials will be giving vaccinations.

On Tuesday, a Kaiser Permanente free flu clinic near Cal Expo drew about 1,400 people, the large majority of whom were not Kaiser members.

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Sacramento Bee reporters Cynthia Craft and Sammy Caiola write about community health issues in the Sacramento region. Their work is in conjunction with the California Endowment, a non-profit health foundation created in 1996.

Cynthia H. Craft is The Sacramento Bee's senior writer on health. She graduated from Ohio State University and previously worked at the Los Angeles Times and California Journal. She was a fellow in 2012 at the National Library for Medicine in Washington, D.C. at the National Institute for Health. Reach her at ccraft@sacbee.com or 916-321-1270. Twitter: @cynthiahcraft.

Sammy Caiola joined The Sacramento Bee as a health reporter in 2014. She is a recent graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, where she was a Top 10 finisher in the William Randolph Hearst College Journalism Awards. Reach her at scaiola@sacbee.com or 916-321-1636. Twitter: @SammyCaiola.

 

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