The first flu-related death of the season has been reported in San Diego County, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency officials said.
The 90-year-old man, who had pre-existing medical conditions, died as a result of complications from influenza A. He passed away on Oct. 28.
“Influenza activity in San Diego is currently low, but this unfortunate death reminds us that it can be a serious and deadly disease,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer, in a statement. “That is why it is strongly recommended that people get the vaccine.”
The first flu death of the 2014-2015 flu season was reported in January, when flu activity was higher. Overall, 97 people died from flu-related deaths last season.
As on Oct. 24, County officials said only 80 total lab-confirmed cases of influenza had been reported.
Influenza activity has been minimal across the U.S. so far, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention said.
The flu vaccine this year will offer protection against H1N1 as well as influenza A H3N2 and influenza B strains.The vaccine is recommended for everyone older than six months.
Other ways to avoid getting sick are washing your hands often, using hand sanitizers, avoiding touching your face, cleaning surfaces and staying away from sick people, the HHSA says.