Flu Numbers Increasing


Last updated 1/11/2017 at 7:07pm

The number of lab-confirmed influenza cases increased by 56 percent (from 292 to 455) last week, a sign that the flu is rapidly spreading across the region.

Four additional influenza deaths have been reported in San Diego, bringing this season’s local total to nine, the County Health and Human Services Agency reported today.

The ages of the people who died ranged from 60 to 96, and all had underlying medical conditions.

“These new deaths are an important reminder that influenza can be deadly,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “The best protection against the flu is getting vaccinated.”