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Flu deaths in San Diego County jump to 11, health officials confirm

San Diego flu season: Flu deaths reach record high
Posted at 12:46 PM, Jan 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-08 15:46:35-05

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.