- Associated Press - Friday, January 17, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California health officials say 45 people have died so far this flu season, including two babies.

The California Department of Public Health said Friday it is investigating an additional 50 deaths. The state only tracks flu-related deaths among people 65 and younger.

State health director Dr. Ron Chapman says the flu season appears to be peaking early and it may be a severe one.

Flu activity is already widespread in many states including California.

Health officials say there’s plenty of vaccine available and are urging immunizations for people at highest risk including the elderly, pregnant women and infants.

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