Sutter County Public Health Officials are reporting the death of a minor due to influenza. The victim was one of four county residents with the flu (under age 65) hospitalized in intensive care. Public Health officials do not track flu deaths in people 65 or older.
While they aren't reporting any further details about the victim, health officials do say that the flu remains at widespread levels throughout California, and urges people to continue taking measures to reduce their risk.
The single most effective way to prevent influenza is getting flu vaccine. It's not too late, as flu season can last into April. Contact your healthcare provider to find out where it's available to you.
Sutter County Public Health is offering the vaccine at regular immunization clinics while supplies last. The hours are 1-4 p.m. Mondays, 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays and 8-11 a.m. Fridays. Fore more information phone (530) 822-7215.
Other preventative measures include washing your hands frequently, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands, cover your coughs and sneezes with your sleeve, and stay home when you are sick. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/flu