MISSION VIEJO (CBSLA.com) — Emergency rooms across the Southland have been pushed to near-capacity levels amid a surge of influenza activity in the western United States that has lead to several flu-related deaths.
A Mission Hospital official has confirmed that a 46-year-old woman who tested positive for influenza A died on Tuesday.
The mother of two, who reportedly did not receive the flu vaccine, appeared to be otherwise healthy, officials said.
While flu activity is declining across much of the United States, its toll is just beginning to emerge in the West.
Statewide, there have been at least five people who have died from the flu this season, including two in the greater Los Angeles area and one in the Inland Empire, according to California health officials.
KNX 1070’s Jan Stevens reports one Mission Viejo doctor is warning the vaccine may not protect everyone.