Influenza Activity Slows as Flu Season Nears End | News

The county Health and Human Services Agency reports 136 new laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza in the area, bringing the total number of cases this season to 2,351.

No new deaths from the flu have been reported. Influenza-related deaths remain at four for the 2021/2022 season.

“Influenza activity seems to be slowing down, which is in line with the typical end of the flu season in the area in April or May,” said Wilma J. Wooten, MD, MPH, the county public health officer. “However, people at higher risk of developing serious complications from the flu should continue to take precautions to stay safe, including getting the flu vaccine if they have not received it.”

People at higher risk include:

  • People with chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes and lung disease, even if the symptoms are under control
  • Pregnant woman
  • People aged 65 and over
  • People who live with or care for others who are at higher risk

The county will stop producing regular updates on the flu this season after next week, with the final report scheduled for April 27.

The most recent influenza monitoring report from the County Health and Human Services Service shows the following for the week ending April 16, 2022:

  • Visits to the emergency department for flu-like illness: 3% of all visits (compared to 3% last week).
  • Laboratory confirmed cases of influenza for the week: 136 (compared to 120 last week).
  • Total laboratory confirmed cases to date: 2,351 (compared to 773 in the same period last season and 11,469 on average 5 years in the same week).
  • Influenza-related deaths have been reported to date: 4 (compared to 2 in the same period last year).

Tips for preventing the flu

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu shot every year. It takes about two weeks for immunity to develop. The CDC also indicates that you can get a flu shot and COVID-19 at the same time, including a booster dose. The coronavirus vaccine does not work against the flu and vice versa.

The flu vaccine is available from clinics and retail pharmacies and is covered by health insurance. People without health care coverage can be vaccinated at one of the county’s six public health centers or at a local community clinic. To find the nearest location, visit County’s Influenza vaccine sites page or call 2-1-1 San Diego.

In addition to vaccination, people should also do the following to avoid getting sick:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often.
  • Use hand sanitizers if you can not wash your hands.
  • Stay away from sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces. and
  • If you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with others.

During the 2020-2021 flu season, a total of 848 flu cases were reported in San Diego, including two deaths. During the 2019-2020 flu season, more than 20,700 flu cases were reported and 108 San Diego residents died from the flu.

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