Team 10 Flu Hotline answers concerns

14 deaths in San Diego County linked to flu

SAN DIEGO - Students from UC San Diego's Skaggs School of Pharmacy and nurses from the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency answered phones at 10News Thursday as part of the Team 10 Troubleshooter Flu Hotline.

The county's Health and Human Services Agency reported eight more people died from influenza last week, bringing the total number of deaths this flu season to 14 -- the same total reported last flu season.

County health officials said 1,179 flu cases have been reported so far this season.

Dr. Sarah McBane with the UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy said nationally, numbers are up.

"The flu this year has both started earlier and we've been seeing more cases this year," said McBane.

Volunteers answered the Team 10 Troubleshooter Flu Hotline until it closed at 6:30 p.m. Thursday night. The majority of callers wanted to know if they would get sick after getting the flu shot.

Health professionals say less than 1 percent of people who receive the flu shot will experience flu-like symptoms.

Doctors told 10News it takes two weeks for the flu vaccine to become effective. Many people will get sick during that time period and mistakenly think it is because of the flu vaccine.

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