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Number of flu cases on the rise, says San Diego County

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Posted at 2:27 PM, Oct 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-11 18:26:19-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency announced Wednesday that the number of influenza cases rose sharply as compared to this time last year.

So far this season, 221 cases have been reported. By this time last year, only 71 cases of the flu had been reported.

“It’s extremely important that people get vaccinated,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “Influenza can generate severe complications, including death, especially for people with underlying medical conditions.”

One person has died so far this season from the flu. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone six-months-old and older get a flu shot. 

The flu vaccine is available at doctors’ offices and pharmacies. Those without insurance can go to a county public health center. Click on the map below for a map of locations: 

The county also released a list of things people can do to avoid the risk of getting the flu.

  • 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