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First Flu Related Death Reported in Long Beach

The victim was a 41-year-old man, according to Long Beach officials.

Long Beach health officials confirmed today the city's first influenza death of the 2013-14 flu season.

The victim was a 41-year-old man with underlying health problems, according to the city. The man was briefly hospitalized before his death.

"There is still time to receive a flu vaccine, which includes coverage for the pandemic H1N1 strain, which is currently the predominant strain of influenza circulating in our region this season," according to Mitchell Kushner, the city's health officer.

The city is offering flu vaccinations at the Health Department, 2525 Grand Ave. Appointments can be made by calling (562) 570-4315.

-- City News Service

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