Hawaii confirms 2 swine flu deaths
The state Department of Health said today it has confirmed 2009 H1N1, or swine flu, infections in two Oahu residents who died recently.
One was a woman in her 30s who died in late December after being hospitalized for pneumonia. The other was a 50-year-old man who died last week after being admitted to a hospital.
Hawaii has recorded 13 laboratory-confirmed swine flu deaths.
The Health Department said the woman had underlying medical conditions that contributed to her death but the man had no underlying condition.
“This is a sobering reminder that influenza is a serious illness that can be fatal,” Health Director Chiyome Fukino said.
“We urge everyone who hasn’t yet done so to get vaccinated. Vaccine supplies are now widely available and the flu season is still with us. ...”
For information on swine flu, where to get vaccinated and emergency warning signs, go to: flu.hawaii.gov
Or call Aloha United Way at 211.