Younger people more likely to get the H1N1 flu strain

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- The Centers for Disease Control has identified the virus that is causing most of the flu cases in San Diego County and around the nation this year. H1N1 is affecting more young people this flu season.The San Diego County Department of Health and Human Services has reported more than 1,700 cases of influenza so far, with H1N1 comprising ten times the number of seasonal H3N2 cases. H1N1 is the same sub-type that was known as the pandemic “swine flu” in 2009.This year, H1N1 is striking again and the largest number of cases is occurring in people who are under the age of 40. Last year, most of the flu cases involved the H3N2 subtype and affected people who were older. Most of the deaths occured in people over the age of 65.However this season, about two-thirds of the people who are contracting the H1N1 virus are young and middle aged adults. Dr. Eric McDonald, the medical director for the County’s Epidemiology program said there are several reasons why younger people are more susceptible to the H1N1 virus.McDonald said people in those age groups have not had as much exposure to the virus as older adults. He said a second reason is that younger people have lower vaccination rates.“I think it’s just an issue of convenience and not thinking about it,” McDonald said, Of the nine deaths reported in San Diego County through December 29, 2018, two people were in their 40’s.One of those deaths was a confirmed case of H1N1. McDonald said it’s not too late to get a flu shot.If a person can’t visit a doctor’s office, he recommended going to a local pharmacy or one of the County’s public health centers.For more information on where to obtain the flu vaccine, you can call 211 or go online to the County’s immunization program website at sdiz.org. Sasha Foo January 3, 2019 Sasha Foo, Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Younger people more likely to get the H1N1 flu strain Posted: January 3, 2019last_img

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