Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Orange County health officials Friday confirmed the county’s first flu-related death of a person under 65 this year.

The patient was a 48-year-old woman who had pre-existing health conditions and was infected with the influenza A virus, according to the Orange County Health Agency.  

“This is a sad and somber reminder of the serious threat posed by influenza,” County Health Officer Dr. Eric Handler said. “It is important for everyone to continue practicing good respiratory and hand hygiene to limit the transmission of influenza germs from person to person, and to get vaccinated.”

According to health officials, eight people under aged 65 have been hospitalized for severe influenza in the county.

The county is offering free flu vaccinations for people 6 months of age and older who do not have a doctor or health insurance coverage. The shots are available on a walk-in basis on Tuesdays from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Public Health Clinic, 1725 W. 17th St., Santa Ana.

—City News Service

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