Flu cases increase dramatically in San Diego County

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Flu cases in San Diego County have risen sharply within the last week, according to the County Health and Human Services Agency.

1,646 lab-confirmed cases have been reported so far this flu season, compared to 451 last year.

A 91-year-old man with underlying medical conditions died on December 13, bringing the total number of deaths so far this season to five, reports the County News Center.

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A total of 563 flu cases were reported last week, more than doubling the 227 cases reported the week before.

“Flu activity has been accelerating over the past three weeks and more people could get sick,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “Get vaccinated now before the worst of the flu season gets here.”

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6-months-old and older get vaccinated.

Below is a list of tips to help avoid getting sick from 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
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