SAN DIEGO–Two additional influenza deaths were reported last week, bringing this season’s total to five, according to the County Health and Human Services Agency.
A 70-year-old woman died from influenza B in July 2019, although the death was just reported last week. A 78-year-old woman died from influenza A and influenza B Nov. 3, 2019. Both women were from North County, had no record of having received a flu shot and had underlying medical conditions.
“Influenza can be deadly, especially for elderly people, young children and people with compromised immune systems,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “Our condolences and sympathy go out to the families of the two women.”
Next week is National Influenza Vaccination Week, and local health officials continue to urge San Diegans to get vaccinated as the flu continues to sicken people.
Last week, 122 lab-confirmed influenza cases were reported in the region, bringing this season’s total to 731. In comparison, 106 flu cases were reported locally during the same week last season, when a total 353 influenza cases had been reported.