Third flu-related death reported in San Mateo County 

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A third flu-related death reported in San Mateo County on Tuesday has brought the death toll throughout the Bay Area to 18 people this winter, according to health officials.

Each of San Mateo County’s flu deaths was a person under the age of 65. Two individuals had underlying medical conditions and one individual had no known underlying medical conditions. Two cases are confirmed as H1N1, or swine flu, and H1N1 information was not available for one case, according to the San Mateo County Health System.

The county has reported eight flu-related intensive-care unit hospitalizations.

In addition to San Mateo County, one death was reported in Solano County on Tuesday after a Vallejo man in his 40s was infected with the H1N1 strain. His was the first flu death of the season in that county.

In Sonoma County, a 54-year-old died in the county’s second flu-related death.

Health officials are urging everyone ages 6 months and older to get vaccinated.

— Staff, wire report

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