Kern County gets fourth flu death of the season

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According to the CDC, more than 2.5 million flu illnesses have been reported and flu activity continues to increase.

Kern County has seen another flu death this season, according to health officials.

The Kern County Public Health Services Department said there are a total of four deaths for this season, the first of which was announced in December.

Flu A is now dominant in California but Flu B is still circulating throughout the state, according to the department.

“Flu B has hit children the hardest this year because it is a virus that hasn’t circulated in many years, which means children have not been able to build an immunity to the virus, unlike some parents,” KCPH said.

Anyone who is experiencing flu symptoms are encouraged to stay at home, cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, wash hands often and thoroughly and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Flu shots are still available at many partnering locations across the county, the department said.

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