Number of reported influenza cases continues to grow in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — If you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet, you might want to make plans. The number of flu cases in San Diego has more than doubled from week to week and the city is preparing for epidemic proportions.

“Last week, we had 2,227 new cases reported, that’s up from 900 the week before”, says the San Diego County Health Department. Every year, a new strain of flu makes its way into the mainstream. This year, it’s four different strains here in San Diego.

There are ways to avoid the flu of course. Basic protocol: wash hands, use hand sanitizer, sneeze into your sleeve and of course vaccines.

“It’s not too late to get vaccinated. The flu season has just begun and it’s the best way to avoid the flu altogether,” said Doctor Sayone Thihalolipavan.

So far, 11 people have died from the flu in San Diego County. All of them had some kind of “underlying medical condition.”

The victims were ages 58 to 100. Despite the urban legend, you cannot ‘get the flu’ from getting a flu shot. “It’s impossible,” Doctor Thihalolipavan said.

The vaccine takes about two weeks to soak in. The official flu season runs from October to April here in San Diego.

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