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Flu-related deaths this season reach 142 in San Diego County

Flu-related deaths this season reach 142 in San Diego County

CLEVELAND- Three flu-related deaths have been reported in Cuyahoga County this week, according to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.

The number of flu-related deaths this season in San Diego County has reached a record high of 142, county health officials said.

According to the health department's latest report on Thursday, 45 people, including three in Oklahoma County, have died due to the flu since September 1, 2017. The Ashtabula County Health Department said the person was over 65 years old.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone age six months and older get a flu vaccine each year.

That's a significant week-over week decrease, but it's still a number that is four times greater than the same-week average of the last three flu seasons, according to the flu report.




Eighty-seven percent of the current cases are influenza A. Pour said it's unclear if this is the peak of the flu season.

Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus which is spread by infected people coughing, sneezing or touching a surface handled by others. "The vaccine helps your body develop protection in two weeks and can lessen severity if one gets the flu".

"We are now in the midst of a very active flu season with widespread and intense flu activity".

Public Health Department spokesman John Ricci said "it is hard if not impossible" to pinpoint when flu season will peak.


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