Another 35 people under age 65 have died from the flu in California as of Feb. 14th, pushing the statewide total for the 2013-2014 season to 278, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) said Friday.
Another 29 deaths are under investigation, according to Dr. Gil Chavez, the state epidemiologist.
Among the latest victims in Southern California was a pregnant South Bay woman, according to the L.A. County Department of Public Health. She was the first pregnant L.A. County woman to die from the flu this season and one of four who is confirmed to have died from it statewide, according to the CDPH.
Six of those who have died this season were children, health officials say.
Chavez told reporters Friday that despite the recent activity, the flu epidemic appears now to be tapering off with outpatients visits, hospitalizations and deaths showing a "steady decline in activity over the last several weeks."
Still, Chavez urged Californians to get a flu shot, as the virus is unpredictable.
The CDPH says most cases this season have shown signs of the H1N1 virus, which was responsible for the 2009 pandemic that killed 539 people statewide.
The CDPH offers this county breakdown of the state's 278 confirmed flu deaths this season: Alameda (6), Butte (1), Calaveras (2), Contra Costa (6), El Dorado (2), Fresno (21), Glenn (1), Humboldt (1), Imperial (1), Kern (10), Kings (4), Lake (1), Lassen (1), Long Beach (7), Los Angeles (36), Madera (2), Marin (2), Mendocino (4), Merced (5), Monterey (5), Nevada (1), Orange (10), Riverside (10), Sacramento (25), San Bernardino (19), San Diego (23), San Francisco (3), San Joaquin (6), San Luis Obispo (1), San Mateo (6), Santa Barbara (3), Santa Clara (14), Santa Cruz (3), Shasta (3), Siskiyou (2), Solano (3), Sonoma (7), Stanislaus (13), Sutter (1), Tulare (3), Tuolumne (1) and Ventura (3).