LOS ANGELES (CBS) — County health officials say at least three people have died from flu in the past two weeks in Los Angeles County.

These deaths are the first of the 2010-11 influenza season, officials said.

Health officials say they are also investigating what appeared to be a flu outbreak at a school, with more than 50 students becoming sick with flu-like symptoms. Three students eventually tested positive for flu.

The school was not identified.

An estimated 1,000 people die in the county each flu season, which lasts from fall to late spring.

“This is an unfortunate reminder that flu is a serious, potentially deadly illness that is also vaccine-preventable,” county health officer Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding said. “We’re approaching the time of year when we typically see peak numbers of flu cases. There is still time to get a flu shot or the flu mist nasal spray vaccine to protect yourself, your loved ones and those around you from this illness.”

Fielding said the flu can continue to circulate as late as May.

The three people who died were a 48-year-old man, a 29-year-old woman and a 4-year-old boy. County officials said the adults were both obese, which is a newly identified risk factor for complications from influenza. It was unknown of they had been vaccinated.

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Comments (8)
  1. John says:

    1,000 people die of the flu, but there are 36,961,664 people living in the state of California and 96,585 people die in the state each year of iatrogenic (doctor induced) illnesses.

    Why are we NOT told about these deaths? Getting a flu shot is the dumbest thing a person can do to combat the flu. Drug companies are fast at work supporting POISON INJECTORS to dole out this farce. You would think that getting a shot was the only way to combat the flu; what a pile of indoctrination that is! Just getting your vitamin D3 level up in your blood will give you an 800% better protection than the flu shot, but why isn’t the government organizations FDA & CDC telling us that? Last year you stood a 700% greater chance of being struck by lightning in your lifetime than dying of the pig flu (H1N1).

    This article is an endorsement for flu shots, nothing more.

    1. Nameless Person says:

      If I have a better chance of not getting the flu with the vaccination, then I’m all for it and for my children as well.

      It’s people like you who create fear, which stops people from getting the treatment they need. This also goes for other vaccines. Society now has broken “communities” because of this fear. Remember the measles outbreak last year? There is now no proof it causes autism as the doctor’s research has been retracked and deemed a fraud.

      1. chris says:

        Hey Nameless Person? Are you absolutely sure what is being injected into your body is really the flu vaccination? Can you test and verify the substance in that needle yourself? or are you so naive that you trust everyone and everything?? If so..I have this great game we can play…it’s a pyramid money game…I can make you rich…very rich! Trust me!….got $500?

      2. Nameless Person says:

        What I put into my body and my children’s is my business. I don’t need to be told by freaks like you and your hippie community about “the evils” of the vaccine.

        I really try to be a fair person but when you have people creating fear because of false research, that ticks me off. State your case and move on. Don’t start a frenzy because of information you know nothing about unless you’re a doctor or researcher.

  2. John's Mom says:

    Please take your OTHER meds too, John dear. It’s clear you haven’t been.

  3. Chris says:

    Nameless person….for a correction, I am not a hippie and never was….I do my own research…..Do you think the drug companies with the billions of dollars in profit are going to let the truth be told or exercised?? Has not occurred to you why vaccines are free?? You are being mis-led and try doing your own research….as I was once a non-believer like yourself. I don’t have anything invested in making you change your mind, to me you are just another breathing up my air space…so what do I care…..

  4. Megan says:

    I generally get the flu shot and am fine. However, I don’t know if it really works or not. I haven’t had the flu during my adult lifetime until this year, when clearly the vaccine gave me zero protection against whatever brutal strain is going around Los Angeles right now. I had a fever for 3 days which peaked at 102.2 and caused me to miss 4 days of work. Awful headache during the fever and horrific sore throat once that broke. Definitely not fun and even though it didn’t work for me this year, I’ll probably continue to get the flu shot JUST IN CASE it can prevent me from getting sick like this again in the future. I always pay $25-$30 for the shot, by the way — I’ve never gotten a free one.

  5. Spencer E Kunz says:

    Flu shots suck. Wear a mask.

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