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Flu season mild in most of California

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 3, 2013 at 7:07 pm •  Published: April 3, 2013

LOS ANGELES (AP) — San Diego had a record 60 flu-related deaths in the past season while California overall recorded a fairly mild flu season, state and local health officials said Wednesday.

The previous record was 58 deaths in 2009-10, according to San Diego County's public health chief, Dr. Wilma Wooten.

"Influenza deaths are very unfortunate but serve as a strong reminder that people should get vaccinated," Wooten said.

Most of the deaths in San Diego County were elderly people, and all but one had underlying medical conditions that could have contributed to their deaths.

Unlike San Diego County, state officials don't collect data for deaths in people over 65 years of age. Senior deaths can often be attributed to more than one health problem, so they don't give officials a good indicator of flu severity.

Statewide, 61 flu deaths have been reported. Of those deaths, three were children. By the state's count, 11 people — non-seniors — have died in San Diego's metropolitan area.

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