First Flu-Related Death of 2017-2018 Flu Season Reported in Kern County
Contact: Michelle Corson, Public Relations Officer, (661) 304-7766
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 19, 2018
Bakersfield, CA – Kern County Public Health Services Department has received confirmation of the first flu-related death of a person under the age of 65 in Kern County for the 2017-2018 flu season.
“This tragic death is a reminder of how dangerous the flu can be” says Matt Constantine, Director of Kern County Public Health Services. “We offer our condolences to the individual’s family and friends.”
The Kern County Public Health Services Department encourages residents to get their flu vaccine annually. An annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect against the flu. “We encourage our residents to protect themselves and their loved ones by getting their annual flu shot,” says Constantine.
The flu can be a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Anyone can get sick from the flu and certain people are at greater risk for serious complications from the flu. These high-risk people include: young children, pregnant women, adults 65 years and older, and anyone with chronic health conditions such as asthma or diabetes.
In addition to getting an annual flu vaccination, residents should also do the following to stop the spread of flu and other respiratory illnesses:
• Stay home when sick
• Cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue and properly dispose of the used tissue
• Wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
The Kern County Public Health Services Department offers flu shots for $9.00 at our Public Health Clinic located at 1800 Mt. Vernon Avenue in Bakersfield. Call 661-321-3000 or visit www.kernpublichealth.com for more information.