With the nationwide flu outbreak in full swing, local health centers are urging vaccination.
In San Diego, a total of 14 people have died from influenza this season, including eight deaths last week, according to the County Health and Human Services Agency.
Local students and staff are being hit hard by the flu. The number of people with flu-like symptoms seeking help at local emergency rooms is also on the rise, with more than 1,000 cases reported at area hospitals.
In an effort to curb the spreading of the virus, various public health centers across the county will conduct flu shot clinics on Friday.
This includes the North Inland Public Health Center located at 606 E. Valley Parkway in Escondido. Flu shots will be administered there from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Bayside Community Center located at 2202 Comstock St. will offer flu vaccinations from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Naval Hospital has set up a walk-in flu clinic for all eligible TRICARE beneficiaries experiencing flu-like symptoms. Entrance to that flu clinic is located outside the Naval Hospital’s pharmacy entrance. It’s open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.