(Increase in Imperial County Influenza cases)….The Imperial County Public Health Department says the increase is in the number of people going to the hospital.
They say over the past two weeks, there have been 32 hospitalizations for severe acute respiratory infections. They say about a third of those have been in the intensive care units. The Health Department says this is three times the number reported during the same period last year. Many of the patients had been vaccinated against influenza. County Health Officer Doctor Stephen Munday says influenza activity is expected to increase in the next few months. He said it is strongly recommended that resident get a flu shot. There have been 4 influenza related deaths in the state of individuals under 64 years of age. In Imperial County most of those hospitalized with influenza have been 65 or older. Nearly all the cases were diagnosed with pneumonia and most had underlying conditions. There have been no deaths from influenza in Imperial County.