The two flu-related deaths occurred in people under the age of 65. One person had underlying medical conditions and the other had no known underlying medical conditions, according to county health officials.
Both cases were confirmed as H1N1, health officials said.
San Mateo County has six flu-related ICU hospitalizations as of Monday afternoon.
The H1N1 influenza strain, which emerged in 2009, appears to be the main flu strain and causes more illness in children and young adults, and severe illness in all age groups. This flu season’s vaccine protects against H1N1 and health officials are urging everyone 6 months and older to get vaccinated.
Unlike other vaccine preventable diseases, it is necessary to get a flu shot every year. Vaccine is still widely available and people are encouraged to call their health care provider or check for vaccine availability at Flu Clinic Locator.
The peak of the flu season is usually late January through March, so there is still time to get protection. Once vaccinated, it takes approximately two weeks before you are fully protected against the flu.