6 New Flu Deaths Reported in San Diego County

Pandemic H1N1 is the predominant virus in San Diego this season

By R. Stickney
|  Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014  |  Updated 1:37 PM PDT
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County Reports First Flu Death

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San Diego County health officials say there is no shortage of vaccines for the flu this season.

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County Reports First Flu Death

On Wednesday, San Diego County health officials announced the first flu-related death this flu season. 25 states are reporting widespread flu activity. NBC 7’s Vanessa Herrera has an update on this year’s flu situation.
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Six new flu-related deaths have been reported in San Diego County officials said Wednesday.

The number of lab-confirmed cases in the county last week (677) more than doubled those reported the previous week.

The predominant virus in our area this season has been identified as the Pandemic H1N1.

So far this season, seven people who died from complications of the flu in our area tested positive for Pandemic H1N1.

H1N1 has “a preference for children as well as young adults or middle-aged adults,” Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H. said.

Those who died had underlying medical conditions and only one was known to have received a flu shot this season.

They ranged in age from 35 to 80 years old.

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Wooten wanted to remind all residents there was still time to get flu vaccines however they should keep in mind that it takes about two weeks for a person’s immunity to develop once the vaccine is received.
 

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