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Children under 5, adults over 65, pregnant women and people with health conditions like heart or lung disease are considered especially vulnerable to serious complications resulting from the flu, though "even young, healthy people can sometimes experience serious complications", the county said.

There have been 12 overall for the season, which officially began October 1 and lasts through March 31, although some seasons begin early and can linger into late April to mid-May. The victim was an 83-year-old New Castle County woman living in a nursing home.

Another death was an individual between the ages of 25 and 49.

For up to date information on the flu in the state, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health's flu website. People at higher risk of severe disease who show flu symptoms should contact their medical provider.

Moreno recommends that all individuals six months of age and older be vaccinated against influenza.

With the holiday season comes the flu.

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San Luis Obispo County has seen an uptick in flu cases, county public health officials said in a statement urging the public to take precautions to guard their health.

By comparison, the 2016-17 season had 219 confirmed deaths related to the flu.

The CDC is projecting viruses H1N1, H3N2, B/Victoria lineage and a second potential lineage of B viruses.

Dr. Stacey Milunich from Penn State Health says the flu season can peak anytime between December and February with some cases as late as May.

Nationally, flu season has arrived stronger than projected, according to federal health officials. The vaccine is changed every year to include a mixture of strains of the virus that circulated in prior years.


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