This year's flu scare has an increased number of San Diegans seeking protection against the virus. So far, a total of 14 people have died, according to HHSA (Health and Human Services Agency).
Each year the flu virus causes morbidity (sickness) nationwide. As of January 19, 503 cases of influenza were diagnosed, compared to 311 the previous week. The flu season, as a whole, totals 1,179 people reported with the illness to date.
However, despite the recent spike, the numbers are in line with previous years, says the HHSA. In comparison, 22 people died in the 2003-04 flu season.
Those who have died locally ranged in age from 46 to 92 years and all but one had an underlying medical condition. http://www.cbs8.com/story/20663681/san-diego-county-flu-related-deaths-up-to-14