Kern sees first flu-related death of season

Kern sees first flu-related death  of seasonThe Kern County Public Health Services Department has received confirmation of the first flu-related death in the county for the 2018-2019 flu season.

“We offer our condolences to the family,” says Matt Constantine, director of KCPHS. “The flu must be taken seriously, and we encourage residents to take steps to protect themselves and their families.”

“An annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect against the flu,” said Constantine. “We encourage our residents to protect themselves and their loved ones, especially with the peak of flu season upon us.”

The flu can be a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death, he continued.

Anyone can get sick from the flu, with certain people at greater risk for serious complications from the flu. These high-risk people include young children, pregnant women, adults 65 years and older and anyone with chronic health conditions such as asthma or diabetes.

In addition to getting annual flu vaccinations, residents should stay home when sick, cover coughs and sneezes appropriately and wash hands thoroughly.

The county offers flu shots for $9 each.

For a schedule or more information, call 661-321-3000 or visit

Story First Published: 2018-12-07