Napa Man Dies from Flu, Bay Area Death Toll at 20

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Health officials have confirmed three new flu-related fatalities in the Bay Area raising the flu death toll to 20.

An 84-year-old male with underlying medical conditions was Napa County’s first flu death of the 2013-2014 season.

In Contra Costa, a 48-year-old man who died in December is the second flu death linked to H1N1. No other information about the case was available.

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Sutter Medical Center Santa Rosa officials today reported the county’s third swinge flu death.

“We are saddened to report that we have had a death in the hospital today due to H1N1,” said William Carroll, vice president of medical affairs for the hospital.

H1N1, also known as swine flu, is the pandemic strain of the flu that started circulating around the globe in 2009.

This year’s flu is unpredictable and the season can last through March, according to Kate Fowlie, a spokeswoman with the Costa County Health Department.

“Everyone should get a flu vaccine to protect themselves from the flu. It is not too late to get a vaccine. This year’s vaccine protects against several flu strains including H1N1,” said Fowlie.

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