Third San Francisco Resident With the Flu Dies
This is the 34th confirmed flu-related death in the Bay Area this season.
Officials at the Department of Public Health say the latest victim was not elderly, but someone with an underlying medical condition. The flu strain resulting in the resident's death is unknown at this time, says Colleen Chawla, spokeswoman for the DPH.
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Health officials say it is not too late to get vaccinated, as the flu season is hitting the state hard, and will continue to be widespread for several more months.The 2013-14 flu vaccine protects against H1N1 and other strains of the flu virus
So here's what you can do to avoid getting sick, too:
- Get vaccinated. Residents six months and older should be vaccinated
- Wash your hands frequently
- Cover your noses and mouth when sneezing or coughing
- And if you feel like you are coming down with the flu, stay home from school or work