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San Diego, California - For the past two months, the number of local lab-confirmed flu cases has been steadily increasing week to week, the County Health and Human Services Agency reported today.

The week ending Oct. 22, 2016, seven influenza cases were reported in San Diego County. By the week ending Dec. 24, 2016, the number had increased to 149.

Given the increasing number of influenza cases, County health officials continue to remind San Diegans to get vaccinated.

“The flu is anticipated to continue to spread until the peak, which could be in February,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “Avoid getting sick. Get a flu shot now.”

For the week ending December 24, 2016, the Health and Human Services Agency Influenza Watch report shows the following:

How to Prevent the Flu

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot every year. The vaccine is safe and effective. It takes two weeks for immunity to develop.

Vaccination is especially important for people who are at high risk of developing serious complications from influenza. They include:

In addition to getting vaccinated, people should also do the following to avoid getting sick:

The flu vaccine is available at doctors’ offices and retail pharmacies. If you don’t have medical insurance, you can go to a County public health center to get vaccinated. For a list of locations, visit www.sdiz.org or call 2-1-1.