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First flu death reported in SLO County

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- San Luis Obispo County Public Health announced its first death of this flu season.

Officials say a man over the age of 60 died of complications related to a influenza infection.

Public Health does not know if the man got the flu vaccine or if he had other health risks.

Santa Barbara County Public Health officials reported their first and only flu death back in November.

Officials say flu activity is widespread in SLO County and across the state.

The California Department of Public Health says 70 people have died from the flu in the state since October.

Officials add that flu activity is still increasing as well.

Public Health says influenza type B is the most common flu strain detected in California, but type A is also circulating.

The man who died in SLO county had the type A strain.

“This is a sad reminder that the flu can be very serious,” said Dr. Penny Borenstein, Health Officer of the County of San Luis Obispo. “We extend our sincere sympathy to this patient’s family and ask everyone to help play a part in reducing the spread of flu in our county. We can all take steps to protect ourselves and our most vulnerable neighbors.”

Officials say people can avoid the flu by getting vaccinated, washing hands often, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when sick.

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