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Influenza Death in Santa Barbara County
updated: Jan 14, 2014, 9:40 AM

Source: Public Health Department

A female resident of Santa Barbara County in her 20's died due to complications related to influenza during the week ending January 11, 2014. This patient did not receive influenza vaccine this season. This is the first influenza death reported in the County this season. It is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older should be immunized.

Influenza viruses are spread when a person who has influenza coughs, sneezes or touches a surface handled by others. Unlike many other viral respiratory infections, such as the common cold, the flu can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications in many people. Each year, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized, which includes 20,000 children under the age of 5. Getting a flu vaccine is easy, and it is the single best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from flu.

To obtain flu vaccine check with your health care provider. Even if you don't have a regular health care provider, you can get a flu vaccine from one of these other locations:

Santa Barbara County Health Care Centers / Community Clinics / Hospitals

  • Community Health Centers of the Central Coast - www.chccc.org - 1-866-614-4636
  • Cottage Health Systems Flu Hotline - www.sbch.org - 1-855-247-9355
  • Marian Community Clinics - 739-3890 / Guadalupe 343-2004
  • Sansum Clinics Flu Hotline - www.sansumclinic.org - Santa Barbara 681-7805 / Lompoc 737-8640
  • Santa Barbara County Health Care Centers - www.sbcphd.org/iz
  • Carpinteria 560-1050 Franklin 568-2099 / Lompoc 737-6400 / Santa Maria 346-7230 Santa Barbara
  • Neighborhood Clinics - www.sbclinics.com Eastside 963-1641 / Isla Vista 968-1511 / Westside 963- 1546

    Several pharmacy and store chains are also offering flu vaccine. For more information about flu vaccines offered through these venues visit: www.flucliniclocator.org.

    Flu shots are covered by Medicare Part B and by most insurance plans. Please check with your insurance provider for coverage details.

    The California Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program provides flu vaccine for eligible children at no cost. Check with your child's provider to see if they participate in the VFC Program. Children enrolled in California's Healthy Families plan receive free flu vaccine with no copayment from their provider.

    Santa Barbara County Public Health has confirmed the first flu-related fatality of the season. (01/15/14)
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