SAN DIEGO – The San Diego county has died because of the complications of flu, representing the second death of the county of this type, this season, officials announced on Wednesday.
The 70-year-old woman, who died on November 14, had additional medical problems before controlling flu, and the county's health officers were not sure if he had been vaccinated.
"This is an ongoing reminder that flu can be fatal, especially for the elderly, young children and those with an existing chronic illness," said the public health officer of the county, Wilma Wooten. "Vaccination is the best defense against the flu."
The news of the woman's death comes as the diagnosis of flu this season is on the increase: the county dropped 58 confirmed cases during November 11-17, 24 more than the previous week .
Last flu has died, 342 of the county's population died due to the complications of flu, the more since the county began to trace flu and death cases almost 20 years ago. The majority of flu casualties were among residents over the age of 65 who had basic medical conditions.
The county's current flu rate behind the last season, according to the county's Health and Human Services Agency, with 189 cases confirmed this season from November 15 compared to 441 on one time last season. The county had also reported four flu deaths nowadays one year ago.
County Health Officers and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that every 6 months or older get the flu vaccine every year. People with a higher risk of the complications of severe flu, such as pregnant women, older people or 65 and people with chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes, are advised to be vaccinated.
County residents can be vaccinated at doctors' offices, retail pharmacies, community clinics and the public health center of the county. Residents can also call 2-1-1 or visit the county immunization program's website, sdiz.com, for a list of free local vaccine administration locations.