Five additional people have died from flu-related causes in San Diego County. This brings the influenza-related death tally from 14 up to 19—marking this season as the fourth highest death toll ever in the county.
On record the largest number of flu deaths in San Diego County was 51, in 2009-2010, from flu-related illnesses.
San Diego Public Health strongly recommends getting vaccinated for the flu even though all but one of the individuals who died had underlying medical conditions that exacerbated flu symptoms. It should also be noted that those who perished due to flu-associated symptoms ranged in ages from 46 to 97-years of age.
In the meantime, officials are monitoring the 2,041 lab-confirmed flu cases very closely. The number plummeted from 1,179 with the flu to over 2000 in just one week.
“It is not too late to get vaccinated [as] the flu season could last for a few more months,” claims Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer.
Source: LA Times