San Diego Flu Cases Continue to Rise

San Diego Flu Cases Continue to Rise

San Diego Flu Cases Continue to Rise

The County Health and Human Services Agency announced there have been a total of 74 flu cases in San Diego County, up 22 from the reported 52 cases the prior week. "One year's flu vaccine may not protect you for a subsequent year", said Rigler. Flu activity is measured by looking at the percentage of visits to the doctor's office for flu-like illnesses.

"When everyone gets a flu shot, we are protecting the very young who don't get the shot as well as the elderly and others with complicated health problems for whom the shot doesn't work as well".

As always, officials recommend that everyone should get their flu vaccinations completed.

"The flu virus changes a little from year to year, and that's why we encourage people to be vaccinated every single year for the flu".

Flu shot clinics in Ottawa are now over for the year, but a number of pharmacies are still providing free flu shots. "That includes receiving an annual flu shot", Decker said.

Influenza B is the most commonly detected strain, accounting for 73.7% of viruses at clinical labs and 63.9% of flu viruses at public health labs.

The department reported 950 laboratory-confirmed flu cases so far this flu season, compared with 290 cases for the same period of 218.

The first is to avoid contact with people who are sick or stay away from others when ill.

When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.

Clean your hands - with soap if available, or if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

Germs are often spread when a person touches something contaminated and then touches their eyes, nose or mouth, so it would be best to avoid touching those areas.

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that vaccination by the end of October is preferred, vaccination in November and beyond can be beneficial during most flu seasons, since influenza activity usually peaks in January or later.

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