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2 More Flu Deaths Reported In Santa Cruz

SANTA CRUZ (CBS SF) -- Two more flu deaths were recorded in Santa Cruz County this week, county health officials said Thursday.

The victims were two men, one between 20 and 30 years old, and the other between 50 and 60, according to health officials.

There have been three deaths total in the county this flu season.

All three were linked to the H1N1 strain of influenza, which is known as "swine flu," health officials said.

Swine flu first emerged in humans in 2009 and appears to be more dangerous to young adults than other strains.

Flu season typically peaks in January and February but lasts through March.

Health officials continue to advise everyone older than 6 months to get a vaccination and take precautions such as hand washing and staying home when ill to avoid infecting others.

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