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Fountain Valley Man, 51, Becomes OC’s 1st Flu-Related Casualty

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SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — A 51-year-old man from Fountain Valley has become the first person in Orange County to die from influenza-related complications this season.

The county Health Care Agency says the man, whose name has not been released, died last week.

He had an influenza-B related illness, authorities said.

Health officials said the man’s death should serve as a reminder for people to get vaccinated noting that flu season in the area has not yet peaked.

The highest priority groups include health care workers, children under five, pregnant women and people 65 or over.

Those who are morbidly obese, minors receiving long-term aspirin therapy and those with chronic diseases or weakened immune systems should also be vaccinated, according to health officials.

Click here for information on flu shot clinics. The Orange County Health Care Agency also offers shots to those who are eligible through a vaccination program. Call (800) 564-8448 for more information.

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