36-Year Old Man Dies of Complications From Influenza

This recent death brings the number of flu-related deaths to 67

A 36-year old San Diego man had died of the flu, bringing the number of flu-related deaths to 67 this season, according to the County Health and Human Services Agency.

The man died on June 9 from complications of influenza B. He had been healthy and had not traveled out of the San Diego area prior to falling ill.

Influenza A H1N1 is the most common strain of the flu in the San Diego region but influenza A H3N2 and influenza B viruses are also present.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, everyone six months and older should get a flu vaccine every year. Vaccines are highly recommended for people who have chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and lung disease. Pregnant woman and anyone 65 years or older is also advised to get the shot when it becomes available every year.

You can get vaccines at retail pharmacies or local community health centers. You can find a list of locations here.

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