San Diego public health officials record two additional flu deaths

The number of diagnosed flu cases in San Diego recently dropped for the fourth week in a row.

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, however, recently announced that two additional people died as a result of influenza infection, bringing the total number of deaths this season to 43. It has been the second deadliest flu season on record. There were 58 deaths recorded in the county during the H1N1 pandemic season of 2009-2010, according to

The San Diego HHSA said that all but one of the recorded fatalities involved underlying medical conditions that contributed to death. The latest flu victims were both in their 80s. The total number of diagnosed cases in the county rose to 4,515, with 276 diagnosed within the last week.

"While we believe the worst of the flu season may have passed, influenza is still making people sick," Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county's public health officer, said, reports. "People should continue to get vaccinated and take preventive measures because the flu season is not over."

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone in the country over the age of six months get the flu vaccine every year. The San Diego HHSA said that it generally takes two weeks to develop immunity after the vaccine is administered.