San Diego, CA–The County Health and Human Services Agency is reporting 34 new lab-confirmed influenza cases, a slight uptick from last week when 26 cases were reported.
No additional deaths were reported for the period ending Feb. 12. So far, there have been two influenza deaths this season.
“While flu infections continue to trend low, nearly twice as many San Diegans have been diagnosed with influenza this season, compared to last season,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., County public health officer. “Flu is preventable and the influenza vaccine is the best tool we have to prevent this seasonal illness.”
The latest Influenza Watch Report from the County Health and Human Services Agency shows the following for the week ending Feb. 12:
Emergency department visits for influenza-like illness: 3% of all visits (compared with 3% the previous week).
Lab-confirmed influenza cases for the week: 34 (compared to 26 the previous week).
Total lab-confirmed cases to date: 1,543 (compared to 689 at the same time last season and a 8,071 prior 5-year average during the same week).
Influenza-related deaths reported to date: 2 (compared to 1 at the same time last year).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot every year. It takes about two weeks for immunity to develop. The CDC also indicates you can get the flu and COVID-19 vaccination at the same time, including a booster dose. The coronavirus vaccine does not work against influenza and vice versa.
The flu vaccine is especially important for people at higher risk of having serious complications from the virus.
During the 2020-2021 flu season, a total of 848 influenza cases were reported in San Diego, including two deaths. During the 2019-2020 flu season, more than 20,700 flu cases were reported and 108 San Diegans died from influenza.