First 2 Flu Deaths of the Season Reported in Orange County

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SANTA ANA — At least 2 flu related deaths have been reported by public health officials in Orange County.

A 51-year-old man from Fountain Valley and a 55-year-old man from La Habra both died of influenza during the last week of December, said Deanne Thompson, a spokeswoman for the Orange County Health Care Agency.

But officials say there may be other flu-related deaths that have not been reported.

In California, Thompson says, flu deaths for those 65 and older are not reported.

Flu season extends from early November through early April, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you haven’t gotten an annual flu vaccine, it’s not too late, doctors say.

The type of flu that is going around is called H3N2, which is often linked to more serious disease compared to other flu varieties, Fauci said.

There’s no 100 percent protection from any vaccine.

But the CDC says those who get vaccinated are 62 percent less likely to get the flu.

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