Epidemiology & Assessment News Details

Orange County reports the season's first influenza death

A 28 year-old Orange County woman has died from influenza A (pH1N1)-related disease. This is the first influenza-related death reported in the county in a person under 65 this season.  Reports of influenza disease have increased in Orange County in the last few weeks.  The vast majority of reported cases have been Influenza A and most of those have been due to the strain called pH1N1, the same strain that has been circulating since the 2009 pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued an alert discussing reports from several states of severe illness in young and middle-aged adults due to pH1N1 virus.
 
Getting vaccinated is the first and most important step in protecting against influenza, and anyone who has not already received flu vaccination should get it now. Flu vaccine is available from health care providers, clinics, and pharmacies throughout Orange County. The Health Care Agency is offering free seasonal influenza vaccinations on a walk-in basis for people six months of age and older who do not have a medical provider or health insurance coverage. Vaccinations are available every Thursday beginning November 7, 2013 from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. at 1725 West 17th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701. Vaccine is recommended every year for people six months of age and older, and is especially important for infants, young children, pregnant women, adults over 50, and for those with chronic medical conditions. Close contacts and caregivers of these high-risk people should also get vaccinated. The most current local information, including vaccination locations, is available 24/7 at http://ochealthinfo.com/phs/about/family/flu or by calling the Health Referral Line at (800) 564-8448, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m