Why San Diego County Health Officials Urge Flu Shots

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency says it is not too late to get a flu shot.

Officials say that while flu cases and flu-related deaths are down, the influenza virus can still cause serious illness, especially among the more vulnerable and older population.

The County reports 157 more lab-confirmed influenza cases in the region last week. That is up from 121 reported the previous week.

To date, 2,098 infections have been reported in San Diego County, compared to 752 at the same time last season. In comparison, the prior five-year average was 11,218 cases by the same week. Influenza-related deaths reported to date is at 4, compared to 2 at this same time last year.

“While overall cases remain low despite the increase, influenza can result in serious illness, especially for older adults and the very young,” said Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “If you have not gotten a flu vaccine this season, it’s not too late to do it.”

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