San Diego, CA–A 76-year-old woman from North County is the sixth influenza death reported this season, the County Health and Human Services Agency said Wednesday.
The woman, who died May 6, had underlying medical conditions. She had not gotten a flu vaccination and did not have COVID-19 when she died.
“Our condolences go out the family and friends of the latest flu victim,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., County public health officer. “Influenza can be deadly, especially for older adults who are more susceptible to the virus. If you have not gotten a flu shot, do it now as influenza continues to sicken people in our communities.”
Of the flu deaths this season, four have been in 2022 and two in late 2021. Last season, a total of two influenza deaths were reported.
The flu vaccine is especially recommended for people at higher risk of developing complications from the flu. They include:
- People with chronic medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, and lung disease, even if symptoms are under control
- Pregnant women
- People aged 65 years and older
- People who live with or care for others who are at higher risk
The latest Influenza Watch Report from the County Health and Human Services Agency shows the following for the week ending May 14:
- Emergency department visits for influenza-like illness: 4% of all visits (compared with 3% the previous week).
- Lab-confirmed influenza cases for the week: 179 (compared to 186 the previous week).
- Total lab-confirmed cases to date: 3,082 (compared to 798 at the same time last season and a 11,660 prior 5-year average during the same week).
- Influenza-related deaths reported to date: six (compared to two last season).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot every year. It takes about two weeks for immunity to develop. They also indicate you can get a flu and COVID-19 vaccination at the same time, including a booster dose. The coronavirus vaccine does not work against influenza and vice versa.