California flu deaths spur vaccination reminder

Sacramento County hosting its last free flu clinic

California's first two flu victims of the season died within days, but decades apart. On November 6, an infant died of flu-related symptoms in Stanislaus County, two days after an adult in Santa Clara County became the state's first reported influenza fatality.

The state's public health officer used both occasions to remind Californians of the importance of vaccines, even when it comes to a baby who was too young to get one.

To protect babies who cannot yet be vaccinated, we should get our flu shots,” Dr. Karen Smith said in a statement.

On Thursday, November 12, the Sacramento County Immunization Assistance Program hosts its final free adult and family flu clinic at Rusch Park in Citrus Heights.