8 More San Diego County Residents Die from Flu

The total number of flu-related deaths in the region is 14.

Eight influenza patients died in San Diego County last week, bringing the total for "flu season" to 14, the county Health and Human Services Agency reported Wednesday.

In the week ending last Saturday, 503 cases of influenza were diagnosed, compared to 311 the previous week, according to the HHSA. In flu season as a whole, 1,179 people have come down with the illness.

The agency said that despite the recent spike, the numbers are in line with previous years. By comparison, 22 people died in the 2003-04 flu season.

Those who have died locally ranged in age from 46 to 92 years and all but one had an underlying medical condition, according to the HHSA.

"Influenza deaths are very unfortunate but not uncommon," said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county's public health officer. "Influenza can be a serious and, in some cases, deadly. That is why it is strongly recommended that people get the vaccine."

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine every year unless they are allergic.

HHSA officials said the vaccine is safe and effective and there is still plenty vaccine available at many locations. It takes about two weeks for immunity to develop after getting vaccinated.

Vaccines will be offered on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the North Inland Public Health Center, 606 E. Valley Parkway.

The illness is especially dangerous for the elderly, pregnant women and young infants, as well as for people with chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, or a compromised immune system, according to the HHSA.

The agency recommended that people wash their hands thoroughly and often, use hand sanitizers, stay away from sick people, avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth and clean commonly touched surfaces.

Those who get sick should stay home, rest, drink plenty of fluids and avoid contact with others. If their symptoms worsen, they should visit their primary care physician or an urgent care clinic, Wooten said.

The vaccine is available throughout San Diego County at doctors’ offices and retail pharmacies. County public health centers have flu vaccine available for children and adults with no medical insurance. For a list of locations, visit sdiz.org or call 211.

The County is also offering more opportunities for people to get their flu shot. You can get the vaccine at:

Jan. 25
1-4:30 p.m.
Bayside Community Center
2202 Comstock Street, San Diego
Children and Adults

Jan. 24 and 25
8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.
North Inland Public Health Center
606 East Valley Parkway, Escondido
Adults both days; children only on Friday

Jan. 26
9 a.m. – 12 Noon
South Region Public Health Center
690 Oxford Street, Chula Vista
Children and Adults

Ed Sorrels January 23, 2013 at 11:48 PM
I hope this ring's a bell with those that were so opposed to the "Killer" flu shots, If they are so bad and so inefective why is it that the first people to take them are the people in the health industry ?
Al Ein January 24, 2013 at 07:51 AM
Because people in the health industry will believe everything they read and don't really know how to cure people of their ailments. Google and watch, " Fork over Knives" and "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" and then you might start understanding the real ways to improve your health.
Debi January 24, 2013 at 03:24 PM
If you actually read the insert the manufacturer includes it states the vaccination has not been proven safe during pregnancy.
Jeanne January 24, 2013 at 11:59 PM
Many health care workers are required to get them if they have contact with patients. It's not a choice.
Ed Sorrels January 25, 2013 at 07:23 AM
Tell all your excuses to those that died, they believed people like you !
Al Ein January 25, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Jeez Ed. You really believe that? I feel sorry for you. I bet you believe the crap spewed out from American Press about economy being on the mend too. The fact is there is no proof that the vaccines work! Most of the people who died had other issues going on. Death is a part of living. People will die today from nose bleeds and traveling in their car to work. Does that mean we need a senseless vaccination for them? The vaccine would likely had no impact on those that died. Man- you need to go out for a walk and clear your mind a bit. It will also help you live long and be happier.
Debi January 25, 2013 at 04:44 PM
The flu vaccination is considered a class C drug during pregnancy it says it on the insert from the manufacturer! It also states the drug has not been proven safe during pregnancy so why the CDC recommends this to pregnant women I'd beyond me...
Debi January 25, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Is beyond me...not I'd
Ed Sorrels January 25, 2013 at 09:20 PM
Al, Do some reading and study just what the flu can do if not controlled, In 1918 and 1919 it killed more people than were killed in the first world war, 150.000.000. If not flu shots just what would consider sufficent to protect the population? In 1957 I was in the Phillippines when the Asian flu hit, this was late April, By mid may when the CDC had developed an effective virus shot there were 150+ people a day dying in just Manila, They shipped the Vaccine to us and I was more than glad to take it and have yearly ever since and now at 77 with possiably diminished immune reaction's would never miss my yearly shot. If you want to believe as you do in the face of all the ppositive information available that is your right, But I believe you are wrong and hope that you never find out that you are !
Al Ein January 29, 2013 at 05:54 AM
I will not be polluting my body with shots that have no scientific benefit and can have serious negatives. PS- the CDC can not control the flu.....thats why every year people get the flu.... and old sick people will actually die from something. Right Ed?I guess you can't teach an old dog like you anything. Your 77, so keep doing whatever makes you happy in your last few years. Enjoy Ed! Live Life to the fullest.
Ed Sorrels January 29, 2013 at 06:04 AM
LOL, Yes Al I will do just that, Live life to the fullest as I have done for the last 77 years, a very old saying comes to my mind, " There none so blind as those that refuse to see" I sincerely hope that you are never proved wrong !


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