5th Person Dies in San Diego County's Flu Season

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Also, last season, widespread flu activity wasn't announced until mid-January.

The flu season total is now 1,646, compared to 451 at a similar point a year ago.

Flu activity season begins in October and lasts through late May, with cases peaking between December and February.

Since August, there have there have been 709 cases of the flu reported.

The Department of Public Health and El Paso Fire Department held a vaccine clinic on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the EPFD's Safety and Health Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Drive.

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All of this is to say that everyone, unless advised differently by your doctor, should seriously consider getting a flu shot, especially senior citizens and children, who are more vulnerable.

"The influenza vaccine protects against multiple strains of flu", said Stacey Anderson, who works for the DPHHS Communicable Disease Epidemiology section.

Wash your hands often with soap and water.

The flu can be especially unsafe for young children, pregnant women, people 65 or older and those who have underlying health conditions like asthma or chronic diseases. "This is a tragic reminder that the flu still kills", said county public health official Cameron Kaiser, MD, in a statement.

These factors-combined with the administration's heavy cuts to the CDC and related programs that focus on everything from health and research to our overuse of antibiotics and drug-resistant infections-may be putting us just one mutation away from a flu pandemic.

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The flu can be spread from person to person when an infected person talks, sneezes or coughs.

The report stated that children 6-8 years old getting vaccinated for the first time, or who have previously only received one dose of vaccine in the past, should get two doses this season.

If 10 tips are too many, Grant said to keep it simple with the "three C's."

Other symptoms include a cough, stuffy nose, sore throat, and sneezing.

Last week, a Yukon elementary school was forced to close its doors after 115 students and 10 teachers called in sick.

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MCMC said "although many of our staff are fortunate to enjoy excellent health, even healthy individuals can get very sick from the flu and spread disease to others" as the basis for its flu shot/masking protocol.