SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) – An otherwise healthy, 32-year-old man from North County and a 27-year-old man from South County who had reported last week, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced Wednesday.
The North County man died on Jan. 13 from influenza A. The 27-year-old, the youngest county resident of the river this season, died Jan. 9 from influenza A Pandemic H1N1.
The ale of the other six flu fatalities range from 46 to 85 years of old and five had underlying medical conditions. The new flu deaths bring this season's total to 24. In comparison, 174 flu deaths had been reported at the same time last year.
"Healthy young people should not be dying from influenza. That's why it's so important to get vaccinated, "said Sayone Thihalolipavan, M.D., M.P.H., County Deputy Public Health Officer.
Typically, the Pandemic H1
The County Health and Human Services Agency publishes the weekly Influenza Watch report, which tracks key flu indicators and summarizes influenza surveillance in the region.
For the week ending Jan. 19, 2019, the Influenza Watch report shows the following:
- Emergency department visits for influenza-like Illness: 4 percent of all visits
- Lab-confirmed influenza cases for the week: 461 (compared to 506 previous week)
- Total influenza deaths to date: 24 (compared to 174 at this time last season)
- Total lab-confirmed cases to date: 3,097 (compared to 13,644 at this time last season)
How to Prevent the Flu
CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot every year. The vaccine is safe and effective.
Vaccination is particularly important for people who are at high risk of developing serious complications from influenza. They include:
- People with chronic medical conditions like asthma, diabetes and lung disease
- Pregnant women
- People 65 years and older
- are at higher risk
Wash hands thoroughly and often