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Flu season deaths increase by 7 in San Diego

San Diego flu season: Flu deaths reach record high
Posted at 12:51 PM, Jan 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 15:52:55-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Seven more deaths due to complications from influenza have been reported in San Diego County over the last week.

Local health officials said the cases bring San Diego's season death toll to 39. Last week, 1,880 cases were reported, which is 380 fewer than the previous week.

"Influenza remains widespread in the region and people should continue taking the recommended precautions to avoid getting sick," said Wilma Wooten, county public health officer. "The best way to prevent the flu is getting vaccinated."

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This season, 11,778 cases have been reported.

The flu vaccine is available at local doctors' offices, pharmacies, and public health centers. A list of locations offering flu shots can be found on the county's immunization website or by calling 211 for the county's health hotline.

Local health officials and the CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older receive a vaccine, especially those at higher risk of complications from the flu such as pregnant women, people with chronic medical conditions, and locals 65 or older.