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First Flu-Related Death of the Season Reported in California
CDPH emphasizes importance of vaccination

Last week, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that it had received the first report of an influenza-related death in a person under the age of 65 for the 2017-18 flu season. Each year, influenza is estimated to cause millions of illnesses, tens of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths in California. To protect against the virus, CDPH recommends the annual flu vaccine, which can be obtained from health care providers, clinics or pharmacies. To find a nearby location, use CDPH’s flu vaccine finder.