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County reports first flu-related death of the season

Public health officials advise people ages 6 and older to get vaccinated annually

Santa Clara County public health officials on Thursday reported the first flu-related death of the season occurred earlier this month.

The person who died was an adult under 65 years old who had other medical conditions that caused a higher risk of severe complications from the flu, and had not received this year's flu vaccine, according to the county's Public Health Department. The person's name is not being released.

No other cases of severe flu have been reported to the department so far this season. Only deaths of people younger than 65 years old that are confirmed by a laboratory to involve the flu are required to be reported in the state.

Symptoms of the flu, a contagious illness caused by influenza viruses, are similar to those of the common cold but are often more severe, public health officials said.

The department advises everyone 6 months and older to get vaccinated every year, especially pregnant women, children younger than 5, adults older than 65 and those with chronic medical conditions.

More information can be found online at sccphd.org/flu.

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