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Number of Flu-Related Deaths Climbs to 30 in Bay Area

6 more people hospitalized in Napa County, bringing total to 27.

A total of 30 people across the Bay Area have died of flu-related illness so far this season as of Wednesday -- including one person in Napa County

Also in Napa County, six more people were hospitalized on Wednesday, bringing the total in area hospitals with flu-related illness to 27.

Of those hospitalized Wednesday, two were men aged 30-40 who were placed in intensive care units.

Four people were placed in regular hospital rooms, including one woman aged 20-30, one man aged 50-60, one woman aged 60-65 and a man older than 65.

Sonoma County officials saw their fourth flu-related death on Tuesday night. This latest death was a woman in her early 60s with existing medical issues and was infected with the H1N1 virus.

 Out of the 30 deaths attributed to the flu, five under 65 died since December.

Three of the 30 people had contracted the H1N1 virus.

 Everyone is encouraged to get a flu vaccination. The injection also includes protection against the H1N1 strain and takes about two weeks after vaccination to become fully effective.

For information on getting a flu shot in Napa County, click here.

Click here for CDC: Flu Symptoms

Elizabeth Emmett January 23, 2014 at 08:22 PM
Please note that 30 people have been hospitalized in Napa County with the flu since Jan. 6. That doesn't mean there are still 30 people in the hospital. The length of stay varies. Hope that helps to clarify. Thank you! Elizabeth Emmett, Napa County Public Information Officer
Keri Brenner (Editor) January 23, 2014 at 08:29 PM
Hi Elizabeth: Thanks for clarifying. The number 30 you're using I believe is the 27 hospitalized as of Wednesday, plus three more today, Thursday, correct? And, as you said, not all of them are still hospitalized. Thanks.

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