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Two flu deaths, twice as many illnesses reported in San Diego County

Posted at 2:01 PM, Oct 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-02 17:14:57-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego County has seen two flu deaths and more than twice the unusual number of illnesses so far this season, health officials reported Wednesday.

County Health and Human Services officials said the number of confirmed flu cases is more than double the past three-year average, putting this year on par with the severe 2017-2018 flu season.

Seventy-seven San Diego County residents died of flu complications last season. Almost 10,000 became ill.

More than 235 cases of flu were confirmed by Sept. 28, compared to 67 at this time last flu season.

“People should get vaccinated now to avoid getting sick and infecting others,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “The vaccine is safe and effective and is available throughout the region.”

The flu shot is recommended for everyone over six months old. It takes about two weeks for immunity to develop, according to health officials.

Anyone who needs the vaccine and does not have health insurance can go to a County public health center. For a list of locations, call 22 or visit the San Diego Immunization Program website.