Flu instances are declining in San Diego County, in response to well being officers, who stated Wednesday that the county will not publicize weekly articles detailing the area’s influenza standing as a result of persevering with drop in instances.
One remaining report totaling case numbers for the 2021-22 flu season might be launched later this summer time, in response to an announcement issued Wednesday by county well being officers.
Regardless of the decline, this flu season was much more lively than the earlier one, officers stated.
There have been 3,999 influenza instances and 7 deaths to date this season, whereas there have been 848 instances and two deaths on the identical time final 12 months.
“We noticed much more flu instances this season when in comparison with final, in addition to a late-season surge in influenza exercise,” stated Dr. Wilma Wooten, county public well being officer. “Whereas instances are trending down at the moment, seasonal influenza vaccinations are nonetheless out there and inspired, particularly for these at increased danger of hostile outcomes.”
The county reported Wednesday that there have been 147 new lab-confirmed instances over the previous week, with 5% of all emergency division visits stemming from folks with influenza-like sickness.
Based on the county, the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention recommends that everybody 6 months and older get a flu shot yearly. It takes about two weeks for immunity to develop.
The CDC additionally says that an individual can get a flu and COVID-19 vaccination on the identical time. The coronavirus vaccine doesn’t work in opposition to influenza and vice versa, county officers stated.
Based on the county, the flu vaccine is particularly necessary for folks at increased danger of getting critical issues from the virus, together with these with continual medical circumstances like bronchial asthma, diabetes and lung illness; pregnant girls; these 65 years and older; or folks dwelling with or caring for others at increased danger.
The flu vaccine is on the market at non-public medical doctors’ places of work and retail pharmacies, and is roofed by medical insurance coverage. These with no well being care protection could get the vaccine at one of many county’s six public well being facilities or a local people clinic.
Data is on the market by calling 211 San Diego or visiting www.sandiegocounty.gov/content material/sdc/hhsa/packages/phs/immunization_branch/Vaccin e_Preventable_Diseases/Seasonal_Influenza/Flu_Vaccine_Locations.html.
The county additionally recommends that residents:
— wash fingers totally and infrequently or use hand sanitizers;
— keep away from sick folks, or touching their eyes, nostril and mouth;
— clear generally touched surfaces; and
— keep house and keep away from contact with others if they’re sick.
— Metropolis Information Service