Health officials report skyrocketing flu cases in San Diego

Posted at 1:20 PM, Dec 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-27 20:03:41-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego County health officials say flu cases are ‘skyrocketing’ this season.

There have been almost three times the number of flu-related deaths and five times the number of cases over last year, said the County Health and Human Services Agency.

Three of the 11 patients who died this year had received a flu shot, according to County officials.

“Influenza can be deadly, especially for the elderly and the very young,” said Sayone Thihalolipavan, M.D., M.P.H., County deputy public health officer. “The number of flu cases that were reported last week is the highest in a single week that we have seen in recent years."

Flu by the numbers

  • 2017: 3,873 cases
  • 2016: 599 cases
  • 2017: 11 deaths
  • 2016: 4 deaths

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated. It takes two weeks for immunity to develop.

The flu vaccine is available at doctors’ offices and retail pharmacies. If you don’t have medical insurance, you can go to a County public health center to get vaccinated. For a list of locations, call 211 or visit the San Diego Immunization Programwebsite.