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Contra Costa County sees three new flu-related fatalities

Five deaths in county residents younger than 65 tied to influenza this season

Health officials have linked three more Contra Costa County deaths to influenza, more than doubling the total of local flu-related fatalities this season.

The new cases consisted of a man in his 30s, a man in his 50s and a woman in her 60s, according to Kate Fowlie of Contra Costa County Heath Services. No other information was released about the deaths.

The county has now seen five flu-related deaths in people younger than 65 since December, Fowlie said. The Bay Area flu season is expected to last through March.

County health officials recommend residents receive a flu vaccine, which provides protection against strains most common in California, including H1NI, Fowlie said. They also suggest people wash their hands often, cover coughs and sneezes, and stay home if sick, she added.

For more flu information, visit the county's Health Services website.

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