California flu deaths continue to climb

Saturday, January 25, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Lisa M. Krieger
Mercurynews.com
01/24/2014

Influenza claimed 50 more young lives in California this week, proving that a potent virus that arrived a virtual stranger in 2009 has gained the lead role in our winter dance with the disease.

The H1N1 virus — the swine flu bug — is circulating through susceptible groups, especially among a younger generation that often goes without vaccinations and had not been exposed to this strain, health authorities said Friday.

H1N1 has largely replaced last year’s H3N2 strain and has already killed nearly 40 percent more people than last year’s total, even though flu season has yet to reach its peak.

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