With flu season in full swing and more than a dozen flu-related deaths reported in the Bay Area as of Monday, many residents are getting vaccinated and flu shot providers are ordering extra doses to keep up with demand.
There have been 14 confirmed flu deaths in the Bay Area so far, including two individuals under the age of 65 in San Mateo County. Both San Mateo County cases are confirmed as H1N1, also known as swine flu, according to the San Mateo County Health System. One individual had underlying medical conditions, while the other person had no underlying medical conditions, the agency said.
Two more flu-related deaths were reported Monday in Santa Clara County and another in Santa Cruz County, its first of the season. Other deaths have been reported in Sonoma, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa, San Francisco and Alameda counties this winter.
This year’s flu shot includes protection against the H1N1 strain, which doctors say is more dangerous to young and middle-age adults than other flu strains.
Randy Bergen, head of the annual flu vaccination campaign for Kaiser Permanente in Northern California, said in a statement that an additional 20,000 doses from suppliers was delivered to the region Monday, and the vaccines are being distributed to local pharmacies and clinics.