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Deadly flu season winds down for Californians

The peak of a very deadly flu season has now passed for Californians, but that doesn't mean it's over for good.

Posted: Jan. 31, 2018 11:16 PM

Butte County, Calif. -- The peak of a very deadly flu season has now passed for Californians, but that doesn't mean it's over for good.

Health officials warn it is still very possible to get sick and people should take necessary precautions to avoid catching the virus.

This flu season got an early kick start in November and it's expected to last through March.

Since December, Enloe has had approximately 662 flu-related emergency department visits and approximately 109 admissions.

Admissions usually happen because patients are having significant respiratory problems. Another reason for admissions can be dehydration.

Flu symptoms include fever, cough, and a runny nose.

Here are some tips from Doctor Steven Zlotowski at Enloe Medical Center on how to prevent getting the flu.

"Appropriate cough hygiene, doesn't have to be with bacterial soap just soap and water," said Zlotowski.

In its weekly report, the California Department of Public Health said 23 people under 65 died from January 14th to January 20th. This makes a total of 97 deaths in the age group since October, according to state data.

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