SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Flu-related deaths rose to 11 in San Diego County over the last week, according to the County Health and Human Services Agency.
The agency reports that the latest flu death was a 51-year-old woman from North County who died on December 31. She had underlying medical conditions, health officials confirm.
To date, 11 people have died locally from the flu this season – the same number as this time last year.
The number of lab confirmed cases also jumped last week to over 1,600, 260 more than the previous week.
“Given the high number of cases, influenza activity in the region continues to be widespread, just like it is in other parts of the nation,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer.
“The best protection against the flu is getting vaccinated. This year’s flu vaccine matches the viruses circulating this season.”
So far this season, there have been more than 5,400 lab-confirmed cases of the flu. Last season, there were a little over 2,130.