SAN DIEGO–The County Health and Human Services Agency reported its first flu-related death of a 73-year-old woman who died of complications due to influenza.
The unvaccinated woman, who had existing medical conditions, tested positive for influenza A and died on October 4 after a brief hospitalization, the health agency says.
“This is one of the earliest deaths from seasonal influenza ever reported in the county,” said Sayone Thihalolipavan, M.D., M.P.H., County deputy public health officer. “The seasonal influenza vaccine is widely available and we urge everyone six months of age and older to get it before flu activity increases.”
So far, the health agency has confirmed 60 flu cases this year compared to 68 last year.