Second Flu Death Reported in San Diego

By Lauren Steussy
|  Wednesday, Jan 9, 2013  |  Updated 7:21 AM PDT
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Second Flu Death Reported in San Diego

Two women have so far died from influenza over the past few months, according to a statement from the county.

County health officials announced Tuesday that a 92-year-old died from influenza.

In November, an 89-year-old woman also died from influenza. The deaths mirror a recent spike in people getting the flu. 

A total of 143 cases were reported the week ending Jan. 5. This was a 77 percent increase from the prior week, when 81 cases were reported, according to the San Diego County news center. 

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.
 

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