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Flu Deaths Continue To Mount In California

The number of flu deaths in California has doubled already since last year and flu season is not over yet.

There were only 106 deaths from the disease statewide during last year’s entire flu season. At least 202 have died from the virus so far this year.

State health officials say this year, more than two-thirds of those who’ve become severely ill from the virus are ages 40 to 64.

Dr. James Watt, with the California Department of Public Health’s Center for Infectious Diseases, said nearly 1 out of 10 Californians who’ve died from the flu were previously healthy.

“While the percentage of persons dying with influenza who were otherwise healthy is small, it is a reminder that severe influenza can occur in anyone,” Watt explained.

San Diego County has recorded more than 3,000 cases of the flu this season, with 29 deaths.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number of flu deaths nationwide is above the epidemic threshold.

The majority of San Diegans who’ve gotten sick are in their 20s.

Flu activity in the United States typically peaks in late January or February. Health officials say the flu season can last until May.

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