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Flu cases reported in San Diego County more than triple compared to last year

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Number of influenza cases in San Diego rises again after brief decline Number of influenza cases in San Diego rises again after brief decline

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The number of influenza cases so far this fall is more than triple what it was at this point last year, San Diego County health officials reported Wednesday.

221 cases have been reported this "flu season,'' as of Wednesday with one fatality, according to the county Health and Human Services Agency. 71 flu cases had been reported at this point last year.

"It's extremely important that people get vaccinated,'' said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county public health officer. "Influenza can generate severe complications, including death, especially for people with underlying medical conditions.''

Several free flu-shot clinics are being sponsored by the HHSA this month. Locations are available online at www.sdiz.org or by calling 211 San Diego. The vaccine protects against several flu strains.

Flu vaccines also are available at doctors' offices and pharmacies.

The 2016-17 flu season saw 87 fatalities in the county, including two children.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends flu shots annually for everyone at least 6 months old. Vaccination is more important for people with weakened immune systems, as well as those who are pregnant, elderly or live with or care for others at high risk.

Other suggestions for staying healthy include frequent hand washing, using hand sanitizers, staying away from sick people, avoiding touching the eyes, nose or mouth, and cleaning commonly touched surfaces.

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