Flu cases continue to rise across county

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SAN DIEGO — The number of lab-confirmed influenza cases across the county nearly tripled last week from the previous week, county health officials reported Wednesday.

There were 45 confirmed cases last week, up from 17 the previous week, according to the county Health and Human Services Agency.

As of Dec. 6, there were 186 confirmed cases to date, compared with 84 last season.

No one has died from flu complications thus far, according to the HHSA.

Dec. 7 – 13 is National Influenza Vaccination Week. The HHSA reminds local residents that it is not too late to get vaccinated against the flu.

The flu vaccine is available at doctors offices and retail pharmacies.

Those without medical insurance can go to a county public health center to get vaccinated. A list of locations is available online at http://www.sdiz.org or by calling 2-1-1.

Vaccination is especially important for people who are at high risk of developing serious complications from influenza, such as those who have chronic medical conditions, are pregnant, elderly, or live with or care for others who are at higher risk. The majority of fatalities involved people who were seniors or already suffering health problems.

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