SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — An 86-year-old woman, with underlying health conditions and who had been vaccinated, is the latest flu death in San Diego.
The San Diego woman died on Dec. 1 from influenza A and had been vaccinated this season, the County Health and Human Agency said. Officials did not specify what underlying conditions the woman had suffered.
This flu season, seven San Diegans have died from the flu. At this time last year, San Diego reported five deaths from the flu.
“Influenza can be deadly, especially for people with underlying medical conditions and compromised immune systems,” said Wilma Wooten, county public health officer. “Vaccination is the best protection against influenza. The vaccine is safe and effective.”
County health officials say residents should still receive a flu vaccine.
Last week, 294 flu cases were reported in the region, compared to 202 the previous week. Flu cases are up overall this season, with 1,223 cases reported compared to 650 at this time last year.
A list of locations offering flu shots can be found at the county's immunization website or by calling 211 for the county's health hotline.
County health officials also remind locals to help prevent catching the flu by washing their hands thoroughly, using hand sanitizers, stay away from others who may be sick, cleaning commonly touched surfaces, and to avoid touching their face.
People with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women, people over 65, and people who live with or care for others who are higher risk are also encouraged to get a flu shot as they face a higher risk of complications from influenza.