202 Statewide Flu-Related Deaths Recorded, 30 in Bay Area

February 7, 2014 · 24 comments

At least 30 people in the Bay Area have died from the flu this season and 202 are confirmed to have died statewide, according to figures released today by the state Department of Public Health.

The number of flu deaths is expected to climb because an additional 41 deaths statewide remain under investigation and have not yet been confirmed as flu related, Dr. James Watt, chief of the communicable disease control division at the public health department, said today.

The 202 deaths reported include 10 in Santa Clara County, five each in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, three in San Mateo County, three in San Francisco, two in Monterey and one each in Santa Cruz and Solano counties.

The first flu death reported in the Bay Area occurred in late December.

The predominant strain this season has been the H1N1 or swine flu, and it is causing considerably more deaths than last season. At this time last year only 18 flu-related deaths had been reported and a total of 106 were reported in the entire season last year, according to state figures.

The statewide figures only include deaths of persons under age 65, Watt said. Four of this year’s deaths were children.

But with several weeks left in the current flu season, the number of deaths appears to be decreasing. Many of the people who died had contracted the flu early in the season, Watt said. The public health department is still recommending that all California residents get vaccinated and said there is no shortage of available vaccine.

Anyone at risk who shows symptoms of the flu — including the elderly, pregnant women, infants or people with existing health conditions — should see a doctor immediately, health officials said.

1 Do the math February 7, 2014 at 5:42 PM

33 to 36 million Californians, 202 deaths state
wide. Doesn’t seem to justify the Media hype.
Don’t get me wrong, a flu shot is a personal
decision, but it doesn’t seem to be a pandemic.
I get thru every flu season by staying out of
crowds, keeping clean, and being careful what
I touch and washing my hands after .
It seems to me some body made a lot of $.

2 Matt The Brat February 7, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Concur with #1…. media hype to instill fear… Just like the drought, global warming, plastic bags, etc.

The media should really tell the truth and ring the alarm regarding Iraniant centrifuges that are still spinning, Pakistan and their left handed “cooperation” in the Middle East, foreign aid to countries that hate the US, the real unemployment rate, the lackluster “recovery” under the current administration, the lies that Obama continues to foment, and the use of government agencies (IRS, DOG, DHS, NLRB) to persecute and discriminate against its citizens in the violation of their First Amendment and Second Amendment rights.

3 Matt The Brat February 7, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Errata…..I meant DOJ, not DOG.

4 Flu Shots are more Dangerous than the Flu February 7, 2014 at 6:38 PM

All the dumb sheep will line up for the poisonous flu shots. I have never had a flu shot and never will. You would be shocked if you knew of all the dangerous chemicals in the shots.

5 jp February 7, 2014 at 7:03 PM

None of the information provided ever indicates if the people who died 1) had underlying health conditions 2) had gotten the flu vaccine.

Good point #1, that would be a strong motive.

6 funny man February 7, 2014 at 7:26 PM

it does seems over hyped tho, i mean 202 out of 30 million is like 0.00000673% of the population…
you have a better chance of being run down by David Rosen then dying from the flu
if your high risk, go get a shot! but why not let nature take its course?

7 Atticus Thraxx February 7, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Too bad there wasn’t some kind of medicine they could give ya that kept you from getting the flu or easing the severity at least. Science dudes should look into that.

Free Connie Dobbs

8 Numbers February 7, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Deaths attributed to influenza: 202

2013 CA Population per US Census Bureau (est): 38,332,521

…. 0.000526967688871807%

…. 1 per 189,764 persons.

For scale, that’s one person within the city limits of Concord and Walnut Creek combined. ONE.

9 Cowellian February 7, 2014 at 7:46 PM

The Flu kills!

Flu shots save lives!

10 @4 February 7, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Get back to us in a couple of months. The flu season is still here. If we don’t hear from you we will know why,

11 Dorothy February 7, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Sometimes the media will say there was an underlying health condition. Don’t see why they don’t also report the over 65 deaths. Guess they just don’t count – even when dead.

12 @10 February 7, 2014 at 8:12 PM

I’m 60years old, never had a flu shot and never
Had the flu . Say what you will, your convinced.
as I am it’s all about the money. Have you seen
all the ads for lawsuits over bad drugs, if not
get your head out of the sand. From birth control
to blood pressure mess. You can trust them,
I don’t.

13 ClayDen February 7, 2014 at 8:14 PM

I wonder how many deaths there have been for those 65 and older? Is it just assumed that if you are 65+ it’s OK for you to die from the flu? Why then is there a stronger vaccine recommended for those 65+? I wonder what the age vs population distribution is? It would also be interesting to know how many of each group had underlying medical conditions. Maybe they just think the population just has a difficult time with numbers, but I think there must be another, perhaps more sinister reason……………..

14 J. February 7, 2014 at 8:24 PM

Get your Flu shot. Don’t be a dweeb.

15 Gus February 7, 2014 at 8:52 PM

@#12 how do you feel about the polio vaccine? Measles vaccine, antibiotics, chemo therapy, hand washing, refrigeration, not burning witches . . .

16 Jim Shoes February 7, 2014 at 9:02 PM

And all of you who don’t get vaccinated just spread the virus around to the rest of the population. Way to go.

17 TinFoiler February 7, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! Go get your poison, Sheep.

18 Anon February 7, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Everyone talks big until its their kid on the slab. Then it’s “why didn’t they do something!”

19 Noflow February 7, 2014 at 10:13 PM

@ Dorothy #11,

The dead only count when the Democrats need votes….

Vaccines work. The evil tin foil hat types got their shots two months ago….

20 Elwood February 7, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Re: all the flu shot rejecting fools

To paraphrase Will Rogers: “The good Lord must have loved stupid people, ’cause he made so many of them.”

21 Well... February 8, 2014 at 6:26 AM

@Clayden- there are not many older people who get the H1N1 virus. They were all exposed to it and now have an immune to it.

22 Shelly February 8, 2014 at 7:58 AM

@Elwood, good one! There should be a column just for tinfoilers here on Claycord.com. they deserve their own column, really!

23 nytemuvr February 8, 2014 at 8:44 AM

The H1N1 has made it’s rounds twice, once in the 50s and again in the early 70s. If you lived through those, chances are you already have immunity. Besides I read in a medical journal that the present flu is only 13 to 16% effective.

24 Anon February 8, 2014 at 8:48 AM

People fear science and would rather see the conspiracy. Yet they will go down the vitamin aisle or buy an herbal remedy, both of which are NOT regulated at all. The sources of the ingredients in your vitamins is much scarier than what’s in the vaccine.

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