San Diego Flu Cases Continue to Rise
The number of influenza-related cases in the San Diego region has increased yet again last week. The County Health and Human Services Agency announced there have been a total of 74 flu cases in San Diego County, up 22 from the reported 52 cases the prior week.
Compared to the same week of last year’s flu season, the total flu case is more than double the 33 lab-confirmed cases in 2018. This serves as a clear indicator that this flu season is noticeably more severe than the last.
To date, three San Diegans have died from influenza this season, compared to one death at the same time the prior year. Last season, the flu season caused the deaths of 77 people in the region.
“We’re seeing a steady increase in flu cases in recent weeks, a sign that influenza activity in the region is growing,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “The best protection against influenza is getting a flu shot.”
The County Health and Human Services Agency publishes the Influenza Watch weekly report, providing a detailed look at flu surveillance in the region. To date, there have been 475 lab-confirmed cases in the region, a dramatic increase from 190 last season at the same time.
As always, officials recommend that everyone should get their flu vaccinations completed. The vaccine is available at doctors’ offices and retail pharmacies. Uninsured San Diegans can receive their vaccination at a County public health center.
In addition to getting vaccinated, people should also do the following to avoid getting sick:
- Wash hands thoroughly and often
- Use hand sanitizers
- Stay away from sick people
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Clean commonly touched surfaces
- If you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with others