SAN DIEGO–Flu activity saw a slight decline in the county this week with 30 lab-confirmed cases, six less than the number of cases reported last week.
That brings the 2019-20 flu season total to 362 cases, compared to 130 at this time last year. County public health officials continue to emphasize the importance of getting the flu vaccine. There have also been two deaths so far this flu season.
“The flu season can be unpredictable,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “We’re seeing relatively low flu activity right now, but it’s still almost triple the cases for last year and it’s fairly early in the season.
“Everyone should be getting their flu shots to not only protect themselves, but their family, friends and co-workers as well.”
Last season, 77 people in the region died from complications from the flu, and 9,655 lab-confirmed cases were reported. That was down from the previous season’s 343 deaths and 20,833 lab-confirmed cases.
The County Health and Human Services Agency publishes the Influenza Watch weekly report, which tracks key flu indicators and summarizes influenza surveillance in the region. The report is released every Wednesday during the flu season.
The flu vaccine is available at doctors’ offices and retail pharmacies. If you don’t have medical insurance, you can go to a County public health center to get vaccinated. For a list of locations, visit www.sdiz.org or call 211 San Diego.