First flu death of the season confirmed in L.A. County
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has confirmed the first reported influenza-associated death of the 2023-24 influenza season. The death was in an elderly resident with multiple underlying conditions. The person had no record of influenza vaccination this season.
Although most people recover from influenza without complications, this death is a reminder that influenza can be a serious illness. Pneumonia is the most common complication of the flu. Flu can also aggravate underlying health conditions like heart disease or asthma. Annually, thousands of people nationwide are hospitalized or die from influenza-associated illnesses.
KTLA's Jennifer McGraw reports on Nov. 16, 2023.