County reports 11th flu death of season

SAN DIEGO — An eleventh flu fatality has been reported in San Diego County, health officials announced Wednesday.

A 51-year-old North County woman with underlying medical conditions died from influenza A on Dec. 31.

This time last year, there were also 11 influenza deaths reported locally.

The number of lab-confirmed flu cases spiked to 1,623 last week, 260 more than the previous week.

“Given the high number of cases, influenza activity in the region continues to be widespread, just like it is in other parts of the nation,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “The best protection against the flu is getting vaccinated. This year’s flu vaccine matches the viruses circulating this season.”

On Wednesday, Palomar Health announced it was adding seven free community clinics in North County to meet the high demand for flu shots. The flu shots, which will be available at the clinics listed below, are free and available to people ages 9 and older.

  • 1-3 p.m. on Sun., Jan. 19: Church of Resurrection, 1445 Conway Street, Escondido
  • 3-5 p.m. on Tues., Jan. 21: Poway Library, 13137 Poway Road, Poway
  • 3-5 p.m. on Wed., Jan. 22: 4S Ranch Library, 10433 Reserve Drive, 4S Ranch
  • 3-5 p.m. on Thurs., Jan. 23: San Marcos Library, 2 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos
  • 3-5 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 24: Vista Library, 700 Eucalyptus Avenue, Vista
  • 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Sun., Jan. 26: St. Mary’s Church, 1160 South Broadway Street, Escondido
  • 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Wed., Jan. 29: Fallbrook Food Pantry Distribution Site, North Pico Avenue and East Hawthorne, Fallbrook

Residents without medical insurance can go to a county public health center to get vaccinated. Visit www.sdiz.org or call 211 San Diego for a list of locations.

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