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San Diegans urged to get flu vaccination

SAN DIEGO -- As of Dec. 28, 357 flu cases have been reported this flu season, which is 50 percent more than the number of cases reported this time last season, reported KPBS.

Additionally, more than 80 percent of those cases were identified to be the H1N1 strain, or “swine flu,” which caused a worldwide pandemic in 2009. While there have been no deaths in San Diego County, 10 people over the age of 65 have been hospitalized and taken to intensive care.

County health officials urge that everyone get vaccinated if they haven’t already, especially young adults, who are most susceptible to H1N1. Last year, 5,300 influenza cases were reported in San Diego County, as well as 65 fatalities, although H3N2 was the strain circulating then, which health officials say causes more servere infection than H1N1.

(Editor's note: This post was originally published on SDGLN media partner San Diego Uptown News.)