Calif. flu death toll climbs to 147

SACRAMENTO - There has been no let-up in the number of deaths caused by influenza in California.

The state's public health department reports there have been 147 flu-related deaths since flu season began. There were 106 deaths in the 2012-13 flu season.

Four of this season's victims were children.

To date, Los Angeles County has reported the highest number of deaths with 17. Sacramento County has recorded the second most with 15, and Stanislaus County follows with 11.

The flu vaccine, which protects against two Influenza A (including H1N1) viruses and one Influenza B strain recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. Anyone with flu symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue should contact their doctor.

The health department is looking at another 44 deaths to determined if they were flu-related.


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