Flu Deaths in San Diego County Reach New High

With 7 more flu deaths in Dallas County, toll doubles last season's

An additional 51 flu-related deaths were reported in San Diego County Wednesday, pushing the season total to 142 even as the number of new confirmed cases reported fell almost 1,000 from the previous week, according to the public health department's latest weekly flu report.

Oakland County has reported almost 1,000 cases of the flu since October 2017.

A total of 1,429 people have been hospitalized for the flu, including 338 in Tulsa County, between September 1 and Tuesday, according to the state.

More than 1,400 people were hospitalized. The Ashtabula County Health Department said the person was over 65 years old.

The three deaths are all women: a 78 year-old from Cleveland, a 101-year-old from Euclid and a 95-year-old from Rocky River.

Oklahoma County recorded 299 hospitalizations, while Tulsa County recorded 338 hospitalizations. OCCHD was one of the first public health departments in the nation to receive accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board.

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More than 400 people have died from the flu around the country. Almost 80% of confirmed flu cases are Type A, H3N2, with Type A, H1N1 and Type B, taking 10 percent (each) of the total cases.

The Ohio Department of Health said influenza A, or H3N2, is the most common virus this season.

Symptoms include fever or chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and tiredness.

The flu season typically lasts from October through May.

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

Get to the doctor within 48 hours of the onset of flu as they may prescribe antivirals which can effectively reduce the symptoms.



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