The woman, whose name is not being released, was one of 17 people
under 65 years old in Contra Costa County who have been hospitalized with the
virus this flu season, according to Fowlie.
The H1N1 virus -- sometimes called swine flu -- surfaced in the
United States in 2009, causing the first global pandemic in more than 40
years and resulting in a number of hospitalizations and deaths, according to
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The public is advised to get yearly flu vaccinations to protect
against H1N1 as well as other types of flu viruses.
Information about where to get vaccinated can be found at