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Influenza deaths soar in California: Outbreak of deaths hits new record

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Influenza has been a major concern for all Americans and now California has been hit hard with flu-related deaths being reported. All of the deaths have been confirmed and being investigated. The influenza outbreak has Californian’s very worried.

In a current health news report by the SF Gate on Jan. 17 the number of deaths from the virus has risen to forty-five in the month of January alone. Last year there were one hundred and six total deaths reported for the last year’s flu season.

The infectious disease experts say that the influenza strain Type a, subtype H1N1 or the swine flu are the blame for the severity of the outbreak. The deaths caused by the virus; at this point has affected adults under the age of sixty-five. Although adults that are over that age are at a higher risk for being infected. The numbers are changing as the strains are now affecting younger people who seem to be more vulnerable to the flu strains.

Health professionals are asking the public to get them inoculated by the flu vaccine as soon as possible. The vaccine takes about two weeks before it is fully effective so time is of the essence.

"Influenza activity continues in earnest across the state," said Dr. Gil Chavez, deputy director of the Center for Infectious Diseases with the California Department of Public Health, in a media briefing. "So far, this appears to be a pretty severe season. What we don't know is if this is going to abate, or whether reporting of cases will continue."

People should take look at the basics and if they are ill should seek medical attention, stay clear of others and stay home if at all possible to not spread the virus and carry hand sanitizer with you at all times to prevent yourself from picking up and transmitting germs you touch onto yourself or other areas.

Do what you can to help yourself to stay healthy!

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