SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - It's been a deadly flu season here in San Diego. So far, 14 people have died. Doctors say it's never too late to protect yourself from the flu by doing one simple thing: getting vaccinated.
Seventh grader Asya Bernal got her flu vaccine Thursday, and apparently just in time.
"There's been a lot of people absent at my school. In one of my classes, there's barely anybody," she said.
Asya's brothers were right behind her in line Thursday, and so was her mom.
"I usually don't get mine. this year I've heard a lot about the deaths and people getting sick, so I decided I need to get it done. Better safe than sorry," Ly Bernal said.
There have been 14 flu related deaths in San Diego so far this season. with eight reported last week. It's gotten so bad, 10 percent of all emergency room patients are there for treatment of flu-like symptoms.
Bubba Watson, who won the Farmers Insurance Open two years ago, had to leave this morning after taking some practice shots. He later Tweeted: "Pulling out of tourney this morning, don't have energy for golf. Feel the same as Maui. Got to say thanks to my peeps for the prayers!" and "1st tourney of year Strep Throat. My 2nd of the year Flu. Can't wait to see what's next! #SickNoFun"
Doctor Eric McDonald with county health recommends everyone get the vaccine, especially those in high risk groups, including the elderly and very young children. He also advised to wash your hands regularly.
As Asya knows from past experience, being sick is no fun.
"Because you have to stay home and you don't get to do a lot of stuff," she said.