Santa Clara County resident is California's first flu-related death this season

A Santa Clara County resident’s death from the flu — the first such fatality this flu season in California — served as a somber reminder that flu can cause serious illness or death, state public health officials said Wednesday.

“As California’s public health officer, I am troubled when the flu turns into loss of life,” Dr. Karen Smith said in a statement. “It doesn’t have to. That’s why I urge you to get your flu shot. By getting vaccinated,…

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