Flu season seeing a risk to healthy, young adults

OROVILLE, Calif. - Flu season is in full effect and this year there's been a resurgence of the H1N1 flu strain which is why Butte County Health Officials say the flu bug is impacting even the healthiest people.

In 2009 the same strain of H1N1 wreaked havoc in California and around the world. The Centers for Disease Control declared a pandemic that year.

Typically  flu deaths are reported in persons younger than 22 months and older than 65.

And according to Doctor Mark Lundberg with the Butte County Public Health Department that's what is particularly worrying about the H1N1 strain and this flu season.

"Some of the deaths that we've had in the state have been in younger and healthier folks," Lundberg says. "Normally we would expect it's just the elderly and the very young that are at risk for complications of the flu but younger and healthier folks have gotten some of the severe complications of the flu."

If you'd like to protect yourself and your family there is a free flu clinic in Oroville on Thursday at the public health office at 202 Mira Loma Drive.

They'll also take appointments for their Chico and Oroville offices by calling 538-7581.

More information from Butte County Public Health about the flu vaccine is available on their website.

Enloe Medical Center in Chico also has free vaccinations by appointment. You can reach Enloe's Margie Rackley by at 332-6444 or by email.

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