One San Joaquin County resident has died this season due to the flu, health officials reported Wednesday.
San Joaquin County Public Health Services has received reports of another seven people with severe, laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza who were hospitalized in Intensive Care Units.
With one exception, all of the cases have been reported since Dec. 29, 2013.
The predominant influenza strain in these cases is H1N1, also known as swine flu. It tends to strike mainly young and middle-aged adults in good health, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As flu activity continues to increase in San Joaquin County, Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Furst is encouraging residents to take action to protect themselves, including getting vaccinated if they haven’t already.
As of Wednesday, four people in Sacramento County have died from complications related to the flu in the 2013-14 season. At least two tested positive for H1N1
Just before the new year, Sacramento County health officials also warned of an uptick in flu activity and encouraged those who had not already done so get a flu vaccine. It typically takes two weeks to protect the body.