Kent County Health Department reports flu case decline
Patrick Center January 16, 2013 | WGVU
We’re five weeks into the 2012-2013 flu season and already the Kent County Health Department has confirmed 590 cases.
“We are seeing maybe more cases this year of flu-like illness than we have in the last five years.”
That’s Lisa LaPlante, she’s communication direction. Citing the data she tells us there were 221 new confirmed flu cases two weeks ago. Last week the 43-percent decline marked by 127 cases, good week.
“That said we still need to remain vigilant because we don’t know if we’ve seen the peak yet.”
That’s because we’re only nearing the midway point of what’s been described as an “early” flu season. The CDC reporting influenza’s unpredictability across the country with some areas showing improvement while new areas are now getting hit.
“We could see again a resurgence if, let’s say for example, people start getting the other strains that are going around.”
Most coming down with seasonal influenza A.
“But there are two other types out there. There’s B and H1N1. We could see those numbers go up. We could see a resurgent in people who were not vaccinated getting seasonal A later on in the season.”
Does the vaccine match up with all three strains of the flu doing the most damage? It does. However LaPlante tells us a CDC survey of more than 1,100 patients who received the flu vaccine in November and December reveals its 62-percent affective. Still, the recommendation is if you haven’t received the flu vaccine yet you should, and you still can.
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