Feb 5, 2013 6:25 PM by Madelyn Monteath, KSBY News
There have been three influenza related deaths in San Luis Obispo County residents in the past two weeks, according to the San Luis Obispo Public Health Department.
All three victims were investigated by the coroner to determine that they had suffered from symptoms related to influenza and tested positive for influenza before death.
These deaths are considered to be "influenza associated" deaths. That means influenza was likely a contributing factor to already existing medical conditions. The victims' ages ranged from 38 to 90.
"Influenza can be a serious and deadly disease, especially for those with underlying medical conditions, the very young, and the very old," Dr. Penny Borenstein, County Health Officer stated in a press release. "With widespread influenza activity throughout the State and County, residents are urged to protect themselves and their families by getting a flu shot."
According to the San Luis Obispo Health Department, up to 200,000 people in the United States are hospitalized due to influenza each year, and between 3,000 and 49,000 of those infected die.
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