Flu cases are three times higher than in previous years

Posted at 2:39 PM, Nov 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-15 17:39:10-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Flu cases are almost three times higher in 2017 than in the previous years, said the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency Wednesday.

So far this year, three people have died from influenza A. There have been 445 cases, compared to 112 for the last three years.

“We cannot predict just how severe a flu season is going to be, but a lot more cases are being reported than in previous years,” said County public health officer Dr. Wilma Wooten.

The CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get an annual flu shot. It takes two weeks for immunity to develop.

Vaccination is especially important for:

  • People with chronic medical conditions
  • Pregnant women
  • People 65 years and older
  • Caretakers

The flu vaccine is available at pharmacies and doctors’ offices. If you don’t have health insurance, you can get vaccinated at a County public health center. See locations HERE.