Written by The Business Journal Staff
The Fresno County Department of Public Health confirmed the first influenza-related death of a Fresno County resident younger than 65.
No other information about the victim was revealed. Last week, two women under age 65 died of flu-related infections in Tulare County, reported the Fresno Bee.
“This tragic death reminds us that we must all take action to prevent infection with influenza,” said Dr. Ken Bird, Fresno County Public Health Officer. “Protect yourself. Protect your loved ones. Protect our community. Vaccinate.”
Between Oct. 1 and Dec. 9 of last year, there were 63 influenza-related deaths of individuals aged 18 to 64 and eight pediatric deaths in Fresno County.
Health officials are encouraging everyone older than 6 months to get vaccinated regardless of age or health status. Fresno County residents with insurance coverage should contact their health care provider regarding flu vaccination availability. Vaccines may also be available at physicians’ offices, clinics, pharmacies and special flu vaccination events promoted in retail stores. The Department of Public Health has vaccines available for those who qualify. There will be no cost this season.