A biker community bonded in California mourns the sudden death of a 38-year-old member who died suddenly this weekend after allegedly falling victim to a fatal accident. influenza. Vince Harris, a well-known member of the Harley Davidson Lane Splitter group in San Jose, had visited relatives in Arizona when he had landed at the hospital, KTVU's heart-broken friends told KTVU.
According to his relatives, the Santa Clara-based man was admitted to an unidentified hospital on Saturday night after developing complications from the flu, which then caused pneumonia.
"I saw him three weeks ago at our captains of the road meeting and he was healthy as a horse," said Michael Pursell, Harris's mentor, told KTVU. "He was joking with everyone."
Pursell said Harris would have had heart problems, and it was unclear whether he had been vaccinated against the flu this year. He added that Harris Road Certification was scheduled for this weekend,
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to prevent flu from 6 months is to get a flu shot. But those with certain health conditions, including the elderly and young children, are more likely to develop serious complications of the virus.
Harris's death comes as seasonal flu is on the rise. According to the CDC, 24 states report widespread influenza activity with 13 deaths of children. KTVU announced that the Santa Clara County Health Department had reported another death this week, involving a 39-year-old man who was also suffering from underlying health problems.
"The flu can affect anyone, no matter how old," said Dr. George Han of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department. "That's why it's so important that all people 6 months and older get vaccinated against the flu."