LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A pregnant South Bay woman and her unborn child are the latest victims of the flu, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said Thursday.
“This sad event demonstrates that serious complications can occur with flu infection in pregnant women,” said Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding.
A total of 52 confirmed deaths have been linked to the flu this season in LA County and more than 200 have died in California.
The total number of deaths reported for the entire 2012-2013 influenza season was 106.
The CDPH recommends all residents, ages six months and older, get the seasonal flu shot or nasal vaccine in additions to basic hygiene, such as hand washing, to prevent the spread of the virus.
Those at highest risk — elderly people, pregnant women, infants and those with other health conditions — who show flu symptoms should contact their physician immediately in order to get the most effective treatment.
Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue.
To find flu vaccination locations within the county, call 211 or click here.