Health officials have confirmed Los Angeles County's first death of the 2013-2014 influenza season.
The victim, a woman who lived in the San Fernando Valley, was infected with an influenza B strain, the Department of Public Health reported Friday. The woman also had underlying medical conditions, which would have placed her at higher risk of death from the virus.
The county reported its first hospitalization from the flu in late July, and there were sporadic cases of types A and B influenza during August and September.
Dr. Jonathan Fielding, the county's health officer, urged Angelenos six months and older to get their flu vaccinations now, via injection or nasal spray.