Two more flu deaths reported in Fresno County; region total 22

The Fresno BeeJanuary 23, 2014 

At left, Dianna Driver, LVN for the Fresno County Department of Public Health, administers a flu shot to 3-year-old Ezekial Romero as his mother, Jennifer, holds him on Jan. 16, 2014. The health dept. is seeing an increase in seasonal flu activity including serious effects on a younger population than normal. They are making shots available for $6 to the public.

MARK CROSSE — THE FRESNO BEE Buy Photo

Fresno County health officials said Thursday two more people have died of complications from the flu.

So far this flu season, Fresno County has had 13 deaths.

Other central San Joaquin Valley counties reported no new deaths Thursday, but regionwide there have been 22: Kings and Merced counties have had three, Madera County has had two and Tulare County has had one.

The latest deaths in Fresno County were a woman in her 40s and a man in his early 60s, both with health problems. Health investigators were still trying to determine whether the man and woman had gotten flu shots.

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