8 flu-related deaths now reported in Kern County


    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – Another flu-related death is being reported Friday by Kern County Public Health.

    There are now eight recorded deaths locally this flu season and 22 cases of people with the flu needing to be hospitalized in the intensive-care unit.

    This season’s flu deaths mark a five-year high. There were two local flu deaths each of the previous two years.

    The 2013-14 flu season, however, saw 11 local flu deaths, according to Public Health tracking.

    Public Health said the best way to avoid the flu is getting the vaccine, frequent handwashing and steering clear of sick people.

    Call Public Health at (661) 321-3000 to make an appointment to get the flu shot. Or, the flu shot is available at most doctors’ offices and pharmacies.

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