California flu deaths jump 50 percent from last week; Sacramento among hotspots
The number of flu-related deaths in California rose by 52 to a total of 147 so far this season -- and Sacramento County has one of the highest death rates, according to state figures released today.
About 1.2 of every 100,000 Sacramento County residents under the age of 65 have died from the flu so far this season, almost triple the statewide rate. Much of the Central Valley also has flu death rates well above the state average.
Statewide, the number of flu deaths so far has eclipsed the total number of deaths during all of the last flu season by a wide margin.
“This influenza season continues to be a severe one as the increasing number of influenza-related deaths indicates,” said Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health. “Once again I urge all Californians to get vaccinated, because it is the best defense against influenza.”
This map shows flu death rates among Californians under 65 so far this flu season. About TableauSources: California Department of Public Health; U.S. Census data
Note: State data sometimes lags data reported separately by counties. Currently, county health officials say Sacramento County has seen 18 flu-related deaths.
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