The first two deaths related to the flu in this season of Fresno County residents under the age of 65 were reported on Friday.
The Fresno County Public Health Department confirmed that a man, 62 and a woman, 59, were two deaths from influenza, although it is not clear to health department officials when they died. The health department has received no news that the man and woman have been vaccinated.
Health department officials reported that recent deaths carry the number of chimney deaths in Fresno County to six from October 2018. Four were over 65 years old. Deaths of influence under 65 are of concern to health officials.
"When we see deaths under the age of 65, it shows us that the virus is getting stronger," said Sara Goldgraben, head of public health. He said those with asthma, diabetes or other basic conditions are at higher risk when they take influence.
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The department asks the public to help prevent the further spread of influence in the county. The health educator Leticia Berber said the flu vaccine could be the strongest shield, especially among those who do not already have the flu. He also suggested that people wash their hands regularly, avoid sharing bottles of water, eating healthy and maintaining good exercise.
"You're getting the flu shot not just to protect you, but to protect the vulnerable ones," Berber said. Anyone over six months old can start taking the flu shot.
From October 2018, 42 people in California died of influenza, according to the Los Angeles Times. Half of the deaths across the state this flu season, which starts in October and typically runs until May, was of people under the age of 65.
The influence of this year has proven to be weaker than last year, which caused the lives of an estimated 80,000 Americans, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Berber said the high mortality rate of the last year could be attributed to the flu season that starts earlier and ends later.