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Two new flu deaths reported in San Diego County

Posted at 2:51 PM, Jan 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-09 17:51:24-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Two more people have died from the flu in San Diego County, bringing this season’s total to 11, according to County News Center.

According to health officials, a 74-year-old man who was vaccinated died from complications from influenza B on December 31.

A 64-year-old man also died from complications due to influenza A on January 3. The 64-year-old man hadn’t received his vaccination, according to the county.

Overall, flu activity was down last week compared to previous weeks. Last year at this time, 91 people had died from the flu.

Flu cases last week fell to 257 from 369 the previous week. Overall, just over 2,000 cases of the flu have been reported so far this season, which fell dramatically from more than 10,300 by this time last year.

“It’s not too late in the season to get your flu shot,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “Flu activity can last until April or May and the flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others around you from influenza.”

The CDC recommends that everyone 6-months-old and older get a flu shot every year.

Below are some tips to help prevent the flu of you've already been vaccinated:

  • 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