28-Year-Old OC Woman Dies From Flu-Related Illness

The woman acquired the H1N1 strain of influenza, the same strain that caused the 2009 pandemic.

By Samia Khan
|  Saturday, Jan 4, 2014  |  Updated 5:42 AM PDT
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Flu Shots Urged After OC Woman Dies

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Flu Shots Urged After OC Woman Dies

Orange County officials are urging people to get their annual flu shots after a 28-year-old woman died from flu-related symptoms last week. The County health agency reports that cases of the virus in Southern California are up from this time last year. Tena Ezzeddine reports from Santa Ana for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014.
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A 28-year-old woman from San Juan Capistrano has died because of a flu-related illness, making this the first influenza-related death this season for a person under 65 in Orange County.

READ: LA County Confirms First Flu Death of Season

The woman, whose name has not been released, died sometime last week, according to a release by the Orange County Health Care Agency. She had acquired the H1N1 strain of influenza, the same strain that caused the 2009 “swine flu” pandemic.

The news comes as other H1N1-related deaths have been reported in California and across the country. H1N1 can cause severe illness in young and middle-aged adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

READ: Flu Shots Urged Amid Spike in Sicknesses

The CDC recently issued an alert urging people to get vaccinated, especially those at risk for severe influenza illness. Those include people with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, young children, pregnant women, and obese people.

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