SAN DIEGO–With 300 lab-confirmed cases of influenza in San Diego this season, compared to 88 at this time last year, county health officials are emphasizing the importance of getting the flu vaccine.
There have also been two deaths, reported earlier, compared to none at this point last season.
“More San Diegans getting sick is a sign that the flu is spreading,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “People should get vaccinated now to avoid getting sick and spreading the virus to others.”
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.