County has twice as many flu cases as last year

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SAN DIEGO – County health officials warned the number of flu cases reported this season is more than double the amount of cases reported last year.

San Diego County Health and Human Services reported 263 lab-confirmed influenza cases in the county as of Wednesday.  In 2013, the county had 125 cases at the same time last season.

The number of lab-confirmed flu cases for the week was 79, up from 45 reported the previous week. No one has died from the flu in the county.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone from 6 months and older to get the flu vaccine every year.  It takes two weeks for the immunity to develop.

Vaccination is especially important for people who are at high risk of developing serious complications from influenza, according to health officials.

In addition to getting vaccinated, people should also do the following to avoid getting sick:

  • Wash hands thoroughly and often
  • Use hand sanitizers
  • Stay away from sick people
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Clean commonly touched surfaces
  • If you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with others

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 or by calling 2-1-1.

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