Flu Related Deaths In SLO County

flu-virusSan Luis Obispo, CA — There have been three influenza related deaths in San Luis Obispo County residents in the past two weeks.  All three individuals were being investigated by the coroner to determine cause of death.  All three individuals displayed symptoms related to Influenza prior to death, and tested positive for Influenza. Other tests are still pending, and the exact cause of death is not yet known.

These deaths are considered “influenza associated” deaths, and influenza was likely a contributing factor to other ongoing medical issues in all three victims. The ages of the victims ranged from 38 to 90.

“Influenza can be a serious and deadly disease, especially for those with underlying medical conditions, the very young, and the very old.” stated Dr. Penny Borenstein, County Health Officer. “With widespread influenza activity throughout the State and County, residents are urged to protect themselves and their families by getting a flu shot.”

Seasonal influenza vaccine is recommended for everyone over 6 months of age and includes protection against current circulating strains. It is particularly important for those persons at high risk of complications, which includes the very young, the very old, and persons with underlying medical conditions.