SAN DIEGO - Weekly reported flu cases in San Diego County have reached a new high for the season.
County health officials said a total of 555 cases of influenza were reported last week, Feb. 5 - 11, surpassing the last highest total of 474 cases during the week of Jan. 1 - 7.
Five flu-related deaths were also reported last week, bringing this season's total to 44 deaths. During the same time span last year, the county reported only 12 flu deaths.
Those who have died from the flu this season have ranged in age from 31 to 98 years old.
“Influenza continues to be widespread in the region,” Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., San Diego County public health officer, said. “Vaccination is the best protection against the flu.”
Mark Saunders is a KGTV digital producer. Follow him on Twitter at @10NewsSaunders.