LOS ANGELES (AP) — San Diego County officials say a record 60 residents have died from flu complications this season while California overall recorded a fairly mild flu season.
The county's public health chief said Wednesday the previous record was 58 deaths in 2009-2010.
Most of the deaths in San Diego County were elderly people and all but one had underlying medical conditions that could've 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.
Federal officials say California's current flu activity is "minimal."