Sacramento County is now reporting 14 deaths related to the flu.
Health officials say the death toll is now just two shy of the total number we saw last year, with several more weeks remaining for the peak of this season. Dr. Olivia Kasyrie is the county's public health officer and she says it all comes down to the active strains.
"The H1N1 does cause severe disease even among people who are otherwise young and healthy, and usually these are not considered an at risk group," warned Dr. Kasyrie.
All those who've died have been between 18 and 64 years old. She added that someone's decision whether or not to get a flu vaccine can affect those around them and if you come down with symptoms, use sick days at work.