SAN DIEGO–0A 16-year-old girl who died from the flu is one of nine influenza deaths reported locally last week, the County Health and Human Services Agency said Wednesday.
The teenager died on March 16 from influenza B and had underlying medical conditions. This is the first pediatric death from the flu in San Diego since 2013.
“Our condolences go out to the family and friends of this young girl.” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “The flu can be deadly, even when it appears to be a milder season, so getting vaccinated and seeking care early is important in every age group.”
The new deaths bring this season’s total to 50, compared to 90 at the same time last year. The ages of those who have died this season range from 16 to 98, and seven had no known underlying medical conditions.