Another 18 people die from the flu in San Diego; Flu season toll sits at 269
2:25 PM, Feb 21, 2018
SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Health officials say 18 more people have died from flu-related illness in San Diego in the last week.
San Diego's flu-death total for the season is now at 269 people. Officials said this season the deaths have ranged in people 1- to 101-years-old. Thirty-four of those deaths have been in individuals under the age of 65.
At the same time last season, there were only 49 recorded flu-related deaths.
"Influenza deaths are very unfortunate, but they occur in higher numbers during a severe flu season," Wilma Wooten, County public health officer, said. "If you haven’t gotten vaccinated, do it now since the flu season can last through April and, sometimes, later."
Lab-confirmed cases of influenza declined last week, however, from 973 cases to 721 - following two weeks on increases in cases.
The most common strain of influenza this season is H3N2, which has a more severe impact on the elderly and very young, according to officials.