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Santa Clara County Flu Deaths Increase to 10; 147 Confirmed Statewide

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    Empty vials of H1N1 vaccine sit on a table during a drive thru H1N1 vaccination clinic at Doctor's Medical Center November 5, 2009 in San Pablo, California. California public health officials say that shortages of the H1N1 vaccinations may make it imopssible to vaccinate people at risk of contracting the H1N1 flu. County health agencies across California have received less than 45% of the vaccines ordered.

    The number of people who died in Santa Clara County during the current flu season has increased by two to 10, the most of any Bay Area county, public health officials reported Friday.

    The county public health department confirmed Friday the two additional flu victims, men aged 43 and 54, who died in the county in January. There have been nine deaths in Santa Clara County for the month and 10 since the flu season began in October, department spokeswoman Amy Cornell said.

    The two newest victims suffered from the H1N1 flu virus but also had "underlying medical conditions" that might be considered as factors in their deaths, Cornell said.

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    Santa Clara County health officials on Friday reported two new flu deaths, bringing the county total to 8 this season. Alameda County officials also announced a new death, bringing the Bay Area total to 31. Marianne Favro reports.

    Of the 10 people who have died from flu symptoms in the county since October, six were females and four males, ranging in age from 41 to 62, and nine had the H1N1 strain, according to Cornell.

    The flu season extends to April, she said.

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    Meanwhile, the California Department of Public Health announced today that at least 147 people have died statewide from the flu so far this season, not including the two new deaths in Santa Clara County.

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    The number of people who died from the flu during the entire 2012-2013 season in California was only 106, state public health officials reported.

    Deaths from the flu in other Bay Area counties this season include at least four in Alameda, five in Contra Costa, two in Marin, two in Monterey, four in San Mateo, one in Santa Cruz and four in Sonoma, state officials said.

    The Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency said Friday that a man between 20 and 30 years old had been admitted to the county's intensive care unit with the flu, the ninth such ICU case this season, including one person who died.

    People at the highest risk for the flu are the elderly, pregnant women, infants and those with existing health problems. Symptoms include fever, coughing, sore throat, runny nose, head and body aches and fatigue, state health officials said.

    Cornell said that H1N1 is dangerous because it can afflict people of all ages and hits younger people particularly hard.

    The health department recommends that people obtain flu shots, which this year can help prevent H1N1, Cornell said.

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    The public can get shots without an appointment at Santa Clara County's public health department at 967 Lenzen Ave. in San Jose from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., for a fee of about $63 that includes a medical examination, Cornell said.

    The county does not provide shots to pregnant women or people under the age of 18, according to the department's website.