A 27-year-old man is one of eight new influenza deaths reported in San Diego County last week, health officials said Wednesday.
According to the County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) from the South The County man is the youngest resident who died of the flu this season.
The man died on January 9 of an influenza A pandemic H1N1. Health officials said the man, whose name was not released, had nonspecific ground complaints.
The recent local flu deaths included a 32-year-old man from San Diego, North County, who died on Jan.. 1
"Healthy young people should not die from the flu," said Sayone Thihalolipavan, MD, MPH, a county deputy public health officer. "That's why it's so important to get vaccinated, if you did not get a flu shot, do it now."
The six other natives who died of complications with influenza were between 46 and 85 years old. Officials said five of them had basic complaints.
The number of new flu vaccines increases this season's total to 24 in San Diego County. In comparison, 174 flu deaths were reported last year, according to HHSA.
HHSA reports that the pandemic H1N1 virus makes younger people sick more often than others, as younger and middle-aged adults were not exposed to H1N1 virus as much as older adults. These groups usually have the lowest vaccination rate in the nation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that a flu vaccine be given every 6 months. The vaccine is safe and effective. The development of immunity lasts two weeks.