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San Diego's flu cases more than double over previous season

Posted: 10:30 AM, Nov 20, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-20 13:30:34-05
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SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Flu cases have more than doubled in San Diego County than this time last year, health officials reported Wednesday.

Six hundred patients have been diagnosed with influenza so far this flu season, according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services (HHS) Agency.

The number of cases soared last week, with 139 people diagnosed with the flu. During the same week last year, 57 flu cases were reported.

Three people have died from the flu in San Diego County this season.

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“Given the numbers that we’re seeing, it’s evident that more San Diegans are getting sick,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “And with the holidays upon us, those figures are likely to continue to increase since people will be out and about in large groups.”

HHS officials urge San Diegans to receive a flu vaccine. The immunization is especially critical for the elderly, young children, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems.

To find a location for immunization, click here .

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