Thousands more documented this season over last.
The San Diego flu season has claimed more than 300 people, the County Health and Human Services Agency reported on Wednesday.
Last week 13 more deaths were reported bringing the total to 302 as of Wednesday. ABC reports that 38-percent of those fatalities were under 65-years-old.
“The increased number of reported deaths is the result of the severe flu season we are having, but is also due to better surveillance methods, which allow the County to more easily identify and classify flu fatalities,” said Wilma Wooten M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “Flu cases are still occurring throughout the region, so people should continue getting vaccinated and taking other preventive measures.”
There were 620 cases reported this week, 102 fewer than last week.
HHSA claims the virus is still circulating in San Diego. An increase in emergency room visits is a key indicator of that say health officials.
There are 18,779 reported cases of flu this year, that’s a whopping number compared to last year’s 4,751 cases.