8th person dies of flu-related illness, county says

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This 1975 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a group of H3N2 influenza A virus virions. On Friday, March 8, 2019, health officials said there’s a strong chance this flu season has peaked, but are watching a recent wave of illnesses from H3N2, a nastier flu strain. […]

Kern County Public Health Services says another person has died of flu-related illness this season, bringing the total number of flu-related deaths to eight.

The department says 22 people have been hospitalized because of the flu. 

Nationwide, the CDC reports influenza activity decreased slightly in the past week, but remains elevated

Symptoms of flu include fever, cough, sore throat, chills, fatigue, body aches, and headache. 

The best method to prevent getting the flu is by getting a flu vaccine every year, washing hands frequently, and avoiding those who may be ill, according to public health.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone over 6 months of age. 

You can make an appointment to get a flu vaccine at the health department by calling 661-321-3000. 

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