First Influenza A case reported in L.A. County

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe flu season generally runs from December through March, according to the county’s Public Health Department. Influenza is the leading cause of pneumonia and accounts for 110,000 to 200,000 hospitalizations and 20,000 to 40,000 deaths in the United States annually, according to the county. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A child in the eastern San Fernando Valley was diagnosed with Influenza A, the first case reported in Los Angeles County this flu season, county health officials said today. Dr. Jonathan Fielding, the county’s public health director, said the report should serve as a reminder for residents to get a flu shot. “Be prepared this year and protect yourself and your family,” Fielding said. “There is still time to get a flu vaccination. Vaccination is especially important for all persons at highest risk of serious complications of the flu, including infants and children 6 months through 5 years of age.” Fielding said there is no shortage of flu vaccine this year. last_img