SAN MATEO -- Health officials in San Mateo County confirmed a sixth flu-related death Thursday, bringing the number of fatal flu cases to 45 in the Bay Area.
The San Mateo County victim, whose age and gender were not disclosed, suffered from an underlying medical condition, health officials said. Of the six people who have died in the county since December, only one was confirmed to have no pre-existing conditions.
The death is the 45th fatal case recorded in the Bay Area and Santa Cruz County, with Santa Clara County reporting 14 flu-related deaths, Contra Costa County reporting six, and Alameda and San Mateo counties reporting five. Sonoma County has reported four fatal flu cases. San Francisco and Santa Cruz counties have reported three, Marin County has reported two, and Napa and Solano counties have each confirmed one death.
Health officials reiterated that this year's flu vaccine provides protection from swine flu and that the vaccine is readily available among all Bay Area counties and Santa Cruz. All residents over 6 months of age are urged to get vaccinated, particularly pregnant women, elderly residents and patients with underlying heart and lung conditions.
In all, the nine Bay Area counties and Santa Cruz County have reported 45 flu-related deaths this season as of Feb. 13, 2014:
Alameda County: 5
Contra Costa County: 6
Marin County: 2
Napa County: 1
San Francisco County: 3
San Mateo County: 6
Santa Clara County: 14
* Santa Cruz County: 3
Solano County: 1
Sonoma County: 4
* Santa Cruz County isn't included in the official designation of nine Bay Area counties.