Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state health officer, announced today the number of confirmed influenza-related deaths in persons under 65 years of age reported in the state has increased by 14, to a total of 332 confirmed deaths for the 2013-14 flu season. Seven of the 332 are pediatric deaths. There are an additional 19 deaths under investigation and not yet confirmed.
The 332 confirmed influenza-associated deaths this season have been reported by the following jurisdictions: Alameda (7), Butte (1), Calaveras (2), Contra Costa (7), El Dorado (2), Fresno (22), Glenn (1), Humboldt (1), Imperial (2), Kern (9), Kings (7), Lake (1), Lassen (1), Long Beach (7), Los Angeles (54), Madera (3), Marin (2), Mendocino (4), Merced (5), Monterey (5), Nevada (1), Orange (15), Riverside (15), Sacramento (27), San Bernardino (23), San Diego (30), San Francisco (3), San Joaquin (7), San Luis Obispo (1), San Mateo (6), Santa Barbara (3), Santa Clara (18), Santa Cruz (3), Shasta (3), Siskiyou (2), Solano (3), Sonoma (6), Stanislaus (13), Sutter (1), Tulare (4), Tuolumne (1), Ventura (3) and Yolo (1).
By this time last year, CDPH had received reports of 47 influenza fatalities in persons under 65 years of age. In the entire 2012-13 flu season 106 deaths were reported.
The great majority of reported influenza deaths in persons under 65 years of age have occurred in people with underlying medical conditions. Outpatient visits and hospitalizations are at or below expected baseline levels for this time of year. The influenza-season activity status remains local.
Those at highest risk - the elderly, pregnant women, infants, or those with other health conditions - who have flu symptoms should contact their physician promptly in order to get the most effective treatment. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue.
Influenza vaccine remains available and there is no widespread shortage of anti-virals for treatment. CDPH continues to closely monitor statewide influenza activity and resources.
Visit a flu vaccine location near you to get immunized. Some local health departments may also offer free or low-cost immunizations.
More information on influenza and other respiratory disease surveillance reports can be found on the CDPH website.