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San Diego County Reports 1st Death in 2018 Flu Season

The first flu death of the season in San Diego County was a 52-year-old woman, health officials reported Wednesday.

The woman lived in San Diego and died on Friday, Nov. 2, according to the County Health and Human Services Agency. 

She had underlying medical conditions, officials said. They said it was not known if the woman had received a current flu vaccination. 

“Any death is tragic. Our condolences go out to the individual’s family,” Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer said in a written statement from the county. “This death serves as an unfortunate reminder of the importance of getting a flu shot.”

Last week, the county reported the number of influenza cases in the region was down 60 percent from this time last year. 

In San Diego County, 342 residents died of flu-related causes in the 2017 to 2018 flu season.

At this time last year, the county had reported two deaths tied to influenza. 

No other information was available.

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