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New flu death confirmed in Contra Costa County

Six fatalities among county residents younger than 65 tied to influenza

Contra Costa County has now seen a sixth person younger than 65 die because of influenza this flu season, health officials confirmed this week.

The latest victim was a man in his 50s, the county's Health Services Department said Wednesday. No additional details about his death were released.

The county's other flu-related deaths since December involved two women (in their 40s and 60s) and three men (in their 30s, 40s and 50s).

There have been more than 30 confirmed flu-related fatalities across the Bay Area and more than 200 confirmed statewide this flu season, according to the most recent figures from the California Department of Public Health. Officials continue to investigate other recent deaths throughout the state for potential links to the flu.

This year's flu season is expected to last into next month.

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

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

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