[Editor's Note: his information is from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department]
A 61-year old man died of H1N1 in Santa Clara County this week. 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.
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.
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.
It’s not too late to get a flu vaccination. This year’s vaccine does protect against H1N1. The Public Health Department urges residents to get a flu vaccination, if they haven’t already.
Information about preventing the flu, including H1N1:
The following precautions are recommended to prevent the spread of flu virus:
· 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.
For more information, please visit the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) website.
Also on Patch:
- Where to Get a Flu Shot in Palo Alto
- First Flu Death of Season Reported in County
- CDC: Flu Symptoms
- More Bay Area Flu Deaths Confirmed