FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

San Diego reports infant influenza death

A 10-month old child in San Diego with underlying health conditions died as a result of influenza, according to a recently released report.

In previous flu seasons, San Diego has reported zero or one pediatric death as a result of influenza, with one reported death in 2012. This season, the city reported 51 total deaths from influenza during the flu season, ScoopSanDiego.com reports.

"Sadly, there are influenza deaths every year," Wilma Wooten, a county public health officer, said, according to ScoopSanDiego.com. "Unfortunately some of these deaths occur in children."

Before reporting the infant's death, the city reported deaths in patients ranging from 37 years of age to 99 years old. All of the reported deaths but one had underlying medical conditions or advanced age.

"Infants and young children are one of the groups at higher risk of developing complications from the flu," Wooten said, ScoopSanDiego.com reports. "People should continue to take preventive measures to avoid getting sick, including getting the vaccine."

The 51 reported deaths is the second most on record, surpassed by only the 58 deaths reported during the 2009-2010 H1N1 pandemic flu season, ScoopSanDiego.com reports.

According to the latest Influenza Watch report, as of the end of March 9, there were 256 lab-confirmed influenza cases for the week, down from 272 the previous week, and 5,046 total lab-confirmed influenza cases to date.