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Flu-related deaths total 43 in San Diego County, a near-record

 Flu vaccine inoculation. Credit: San Diego County News

Three more influenza-related deaths in San Diego County have pushed the seasonal total to 43, the second highest on record, county health officials reported Wednesday.

But "on a positive note," new lab-confirmed flu cases declined for the fourth consecutive week, said officials of the county Health and Human Services Agency. The highest mortality for a flu season was 2009-2010 when 58 persons in the county died.

"While we believe the worst of the flu season may have passed, influenza is still making people sick," said Dr. Wilma Wooten, San Diego County public health officer.

Of the 43, ages ranged from 42 to 99 and all but one had underlying medical conditions, officials said.

Flu vaccine is available throughout the county, at doctor's offices and retail pharmacies, Wooten said.  County public health centers have flu vaccine for children and adults without medical insurance.

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Photo: Flu vaccine inoculation. Credit: San Diego County News

 
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