1-year-old dies from the flu, bringing San Diego's total to 45 flu-related deaths this season

Posted at 10:03 AM, Jan 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-03 15:45:17-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A one-year-old is the latest flu-related death in San Diego County, health officials announced Wednesday.

San Diego health officials said the infant died on New Year's Eve. No further information about the baby was released.The death is San Diego County's 45th flu-related death this season. The ages of deaths this season range from 1 to 100 years old.

"The death of a child is very unfortunate. Our sympathy goes out to the family for their tragic loss," Sayone Thihalolipavan, county deputy public health officer, said. "We are seeing a very high number of flu deaths and cases. Sick people should stay home to avoid infecting others at work, in school or in public places. People should not shake hands, share food or drinks, or kiss if they are sick."

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There have been at least 7,314 confirmed flu cases in the county this season. Health officials said the number of cases reported last week is higher than the overall total reported during 2011-12, 2008-09 and 2007-08 flu seasons.

Flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter months, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Flu activity tends to increase in October and November and peak between December and February.

According to county data, the most common type of virus affecting the San Diego area has been Influenza A, followed by Influenza B, and Influenza A (H3).

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Officials said individuals most at risk for the flu are:

  • People with chronic medical conditions,
  • Pregnant women,
  • People 65 years and older, and
  • People who live with or care for others who are at higher risk.

Health officials are urging San Diegans to stay away from others who have the flu and to get vaccinated given the increased numbers this season.

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It's recommended that people:

  • Wash hands thoroughly and often,
  • Use hand sanitizers,
  • Stay away from sick people,
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth,
  • Clean commonly touched surfaces, and
  • If you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with others.

The World Health Organization released a video explaining how the flu spreads.