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Flu cases continued to decline in the region during the past week, with 147 new cases being recorded, the County Health and Human Services Agency reported Wednesday.
Due to the continued decline in cases, the County will cease to publish its weekly Influenza Watch and written articles on County News Center. The County will release a final report with total case numbers for the 2021-2022 season later this summer.
So far this year, there have been 3,999 cases of influenza and seven deaths. At the same time last year, there had been 848 cases and two deaths.
“We saw a lot more flu cases this season when compared to last, as well as a late-season surge in influenza activity,” said Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “While cases are trending down at this time, seasonal influenza vaccinations are still available and encouraged, especially for those at higher risk of adverse outcomes.”
The latest Influenza Watch report from the County Health and Human Services Agency shows the following for the week ending June 18, 2022:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot every year. It takes about two weeks for immunity to develop. The CDC also indicates you can get a flu and COVID-19 vaccination at the same time, including a booster dose. The COVID-19 vaccine does not work against influenza and vice versa.
The influenza vaccine is available at doctors’ offices and retail pharmacies and is covered by medical insurance. People with no health care coverage can get vaccinated at one of the County’s six public health centers or a local community clinic. To find the nearest location, visit the County’s Flu Vaccine Locations page or call 2-1-1 San Diego.
In addition to getting vaccinated, people should also do the following to avoid getting sick:
During the 2020-2021 flu season, a total of 848 influenza cases were reported in San Diego, including two deaths. During the 2019-2020 flu season, more than 20,700 flu cases were reported and 108 San Diegans died from influenza.
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