2 flu deaths reported in Santa Clara County

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SANTA CLARA COUNTY (KRON) – The Public Health Department is urging you to get your flu shot before traveling and to protect yourself and those around you.

The advisement comes after the deaths of a child and adult under 65 years of age who have died of the flu in Santa Clara County.

Officials said the adult had an underlying illness and that the child was relatively healthy and most likely contracted the illness while overseas.

Now, the Public Health Department is reminding everyone to be ready for flu season and anyone six months or older is advised to get their flu shot.

“There are other ways to prevent the flu.┬áThose include really basic things like washing your hands as often as possible, staying away from people who are sick. It’s also really important that if you are ill, do what you can to not spread the infection.┬áThat includes staying home from work, stay home from school, stay home from social gatherings while you are ill,” Dr. Sara Cody, with the Santa Clara Public Health Department, said.

Two deaths so far this season but in comparison to last flu season, the county saw 27 cases of severe flu, resulting in eight deaths.

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