As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are beginning to tick upward locally and across that nation, San Diego is seeing fewer people getting vaccinated against influenza this season compared to last year. A combination that could foreshadow a challenging winter.
A total of 850,196 San Diegans had received the flu vaccine through the week of Nov. 6, compared to 761,199 this year through the same week. Additionally, the total number of confirmed influenza cases last season was only 18, compared to 287 cases to date this season.
“The lower vaccination numbers could lead to more people getting sick from influenza this season,” said Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “San Diegans should get vaccinated before the flu starts to spread, typically around the holiday and winter season.”
This comes as the county is seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases.
Over the weekend, the number of COVID-19 patients in San Diego County Hospitals rose to 260, increasing by 10 since the week before, with the number of patients in intensive care increased by 8 to 83, according to state health officials.
On Friday, 19,568 new tests were reported for the county, with a 3.1% positive case rate. This comes as the county announced that it will no longer report new cases, deaths or tests on weekends and holidays, instead updating the numbers on the next business day.