A total of 49 local influenza deaths have been reported this season compared to 17 at this time last year.
A total of 555 cases were reported last week, surpassing the 474 cases reported the week ending Jan. 7, 2017.
A dozen new influenza deaths were reported last week in San Diego, though the number of flu cases dropped for the third week in a row.
Seven more San Diegans have died from influenza-related complications, bringing this season’s total to 21.
Is getting a flu shot one of your New Year’s resolutions?
It should be. Influenza continues to sicken more people across the region and the number of lab-confirmed influenza cases reported last week is elevated.
Through Dec. 10, a total of 291 cases of influenza had been reported in the county, 113 more than at the same time last season.
Flu activity typically starts to increase during the holidays. That’s why County health officials are encouraging people to get vaccinated now.