CDPH Confirms First Flu Death of an Infant this Season CDPH News Release, November 6, 2015
California Department of Public Health (CDPHi) State Public Health announced that CDPH has received the first report of an influenza-associated fatality in a person under the age of one year for the 2015-2016 flu season.
“As California’s public health officer, I am saddened when the flu turns into loss of life…I urge you to be vaccinated now before the flu really spreads widely to protect yourself and those around you,” said Dr. Smith.
Each year, flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands or sometimes tens of thousands of deaths in the United States. To reduce this threat, CDPH recommends the annual flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older, including pregnant women.
Common symptoms of the flu include fever or feeling feverish, a cough and/or sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, chills, fatigue and body aches. Children may also have nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
To stop the spread of flu and other respiratory illnesses, Californians should also:
Stay home when sick
Cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue and properly dispose of the used tissue
Wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
Dr. Smith encourages Californians to contact their health care provider, physician office, clinic or pharmacy about obtaining the flu vaccine. Some local health departments may also offer low- or no-cost flu immunizations. For more information about the flu visit the CDPH influenza web page.To find a flu vaccine location near you, visit www.flu.gov.