SAN DIEGO–The number of influenza deaths and flu cases increased last week, the County Health and Human Services Agency said Wednesday.
Six new flu deaths were reported, bringing this season’s total to 39. The people who died ranged in age from 36 to 96-years-old. All except two had underlying medical conditions.
Furthermore, after three consecutive weekly declines, the number of flu cases increased last week from 287 to 361.
“Influenza can be very unpredictable and case counts can go up or down from one week to the next,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “That’s why it’s important for people to get vaccinated and to take other preventive measures.”
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 2-1-1.