The individual also had underlying medical conditions. This is the second flu death reported in Santa Clara County this season. A 41-year old woman died from H1N1 in December.
First Flu Death of the Season Reported in County
In addition to the two deaths confirmed from H1N1, 12 cases of severe flu have been reported to date this flu season, and six were confirmed to be H1N1; one was Flu B. The remaining strains were not confirmed, said Santa Clara County Public Health spokeswoman Amy Cornell in a press release.
Only flu cases that are in persons less than 65 years of age, and that are severe enough to require hospitalization in an ICU or result in death are reportable to the Public Health Department, Cornell said.
It’s not too late to get a flu vaccination, Cornell noted.
This year’s vaccine does protect against H1N1, she said.
The Public Health Department urges residents to get a flu vaccination, if they haven’t already.
How to prevent the spread of the flu, including H1N1:
- Cover your cough: Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands: Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid spreading germs: Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Try to avoid close contact with anyone who is sick. Germs spread this way.
- Stay home if you are sick: If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home from work or school.
Cornell encouraged the public to visit the California Department of Public Health’s website to stay up to date on the spreadable illness.