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Flu Rate In San Diego Region Lower Than Last Year

The rate of influenza infections in the San Diego region is picking up but remains almost four times lower than last year at this time, the county Health and Human Services Agency reported Wednesday.

Nearly 100 cases of the flu in San Diego County were confirmed by laboratory testing last week, up for the third week in a row, according to the Health and Human Services Agency.

However, the 400 cases reported so far during "flu season" are far below the 1,500 or so cases at this time last year. Three people have died during the current flu season, compared to six by early January 2015.


People should not get complacent, however, according to the county's public health officer.

"The worst of the flu season is coming," said Dr. Wilma Wooten. "People should get vaccinated to avoid getting sick."

Wooten said the lower number of cases could mean this year's flu vaccine is better than last year's version.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends flu shots annually for everyone who is at least 6 months old. Vaccination is more important for people with weakened immune systems, as well as those who are pregnant, elderly or live with or care for others at high risk.

Other suggestions for staying healthy include frequent hand-washing, using hand sanitizers, staying away from sick people, avoiding touching the eyes, nose or mouth and cleaning commonly touched surfaces.


Flu vaccines are available at doctors offices and pharmacies. Those without medical insurance can go to a county public health center to get vaccinated. A list of locations is available at or by calling 211.