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San Diego could see severe flu season

San Diego could see severe flu season

The number of influenza cases being reported this season continues to outpace the average identified at the same time the past five years, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

For the week ending Oct. 30, a total of 28 influenza cases were reported in San Diego compared to the previous five-year average of 19 during the same week. To date, 257 flu cases have been reported in the region, compared to an annual average of 182 over the past five years.

“This increase of cases comes at a time when people are interacting and gathering indoors more than last year, and fewer San Diegans have gotten the flu vaccine compared to last season,” said Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “The best way to lower your risk of getting influenza is to get vaccinated.”

The County Health and Human Services Agency publishes the Influenza Watch weekly report, which tracks key flu indicators and summarizes influenza surveillance in the region.

For the week ending Oct. 30, 2021, the report shows the following:

  • Emergency department visits for influenza-like illness: 3% of all visits (compared to 3% the previous week)
  • Total influenza deaths to date: 0 (there were no deaths at this time last season)
  • Total people who have been vaccinated to date: 690,617 (compared to 770,054 at the same time last season)