4 flu deaths reported this season in Kern County


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – Four local flu-related deaths have now been recorded this season.

Kern County Public Health on Friday also reported there have been 10 intensive-care unit hospitalizations related to flu this season.

Two flu death were reported during the last update from the Public Health epidemiology team Jan. 29.

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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