It’s that time of year: People are getting sick with the flu.
More than 80 cases of influenza were reported the last week of the year, according to county health officials. Only 30 cases had been reported the week prior.
Google’s Flu Trend map also shows an increase of flu chatter heading into the New Year.
This is within the expected levels for this time of year, said the County Health and Human Services Agency in a statement.
“Influenza activity is definitely rising and people should take precautions to avoid getting sick,” said county health officer Dr. Wilma Wooten. “The best protection against the flu is to get vaccinated. It is not too late to be immunized.”
Nearly 220 cases have been reported this season and include the death of an 89-year-old woman. Last flu season, 14 people in San Diego died from complications of influenza.
The Center for Disease Control also recommends everyone 6-months and older should get a flu vaccine every year should be vaccinated.
CDC offers these tips to avoid getting sick:
- Wash your hands often. Use soap and water. But if they are not available, hand sanitizer will suffice.
- Try not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth too much. That’s how germs spread.
- Stay away from sick people.
Nasal or shot vaccines are available doctors’ offices and retail pharmacies. County public health centers have flu vaccine available for children and adults with no medical insurance.