California records first flu death of the season

State health officials have reported that a Kern County, California, man in his late 30s is the first person in the state to die of complications from the flu this season.
Flu activity has thus far been sporadic statewide and a few cases have been reported in the central San Joaquin Valley. Fresno County health officials have reported only one known positive test for influenza A, the Fresno Bee reports.
"(The death is a) somber reminder that the flu can be a serious and even deadly disease," Ron Chapman, the director of the California Department of Public Health and the state public health officer, said, according to the Fresno Bee.
Kaiser Permanente-Fresno reported that only two percent of tests have been positive for influenza A and less than one percent have been positive for influenza B. Flu season typically peaks at the end of February to the middle of March and it is not too late to get a flu shot, according to health officials.
The seasonal flu vaccine is recommended for everyone above the age of six months of age and includes protection against H1N1 swine flu. The vaccine is especially important for pregnant women and people with chronic diseases such as diabetes.