SAN DIEGO (CNS) – San Diego County registered its first flu death this season, with a 52-year-old woman who had underlying medical conditions, announced the Health and Human Services Agency on Wednesday.
The unmanned San Diego resident died on Friday, according to HHSA, who said her vaccination status was unclear.
Two influenza deaths had been reported in the region at this time last year.
"Every death is tragic. Our condolences go out to the individual's family," says Wilma Wooten, county public health officer. "This death serves as an unfortunate reminder of the importance of having an influenza virus."
Last season, 342 people in San Diego County died from complications from the flu, 255 more than the previous season and the highest sum since the county began tracking flu deaths almost 20 years ago. The majority were over 65 years old and had underlying medical conditions, but two children were also killed by the flu last year, among a serious flu season nationwide.
For the week ending November 3, HHSA reported 26 laboratory confirmed influenza cases compared with 24 previous week, with 155 total laboratory confirmed cases so far compared with 383 last season. Emergency department for flu-like disease accounted for 2 percent of all visits, unchanged from the previous week, according to HHSA.
The Disease Control and Prevention Center recommends that every 6 months and older people receive an influenza virus every year. It takes two weeks for immunity to develop.
Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk of developing serious complications from influenza, including those with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and lung disease, although the symptoms are under control. pregnant woman; people 65 years and older and people who live with or care about others who are at higher risk.
In addition to being vaccinated, one should also do the following to avoid becoming ill:
– Wash your hands carefully and often
– use detergents
– stay away from sick people;
– Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth. and
– Clean commonly touched surfaces.
If you are ill, stay at home and avoid contact with others.
The influenza vaccine is available at the doctor's office and pharmacy. Those without health insurance can go to a county public health center to be vaccinated. For a list of places, visit www.sdiz.org or call 2-1.