A middle-aged man died of influenza, Yolo County health officials announced Tuesday, making him the first influenza-related death this year. The man had “significant, pre-existing medical conditions,” said Yolo County spokeswoman Beth Gabor in a statement.
Last season, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported nearly 12,000 influenza-related deaths nationwide, with the majority among people 65 and older. Three of those deaths were in California.
Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, chills, runny or stuffy nose and headaches. The flu virus can cause complications, developing into pneumonia or bronchitis, which sometimes result in death.
Health officials recommend flu vaccinations for everyone 6 months old and older, especially people 65 and older and those with chronic conditions.