Nichole Hannahs

Flu Still Widespread

by Nichole Hannahs on February 25, 2013 at 6:30 am

There’s some good news when it comes to this year’s flu.

In Muskingum County they are seeing less cases of those suffering it’s effects coming into the hospitals.

"It seemed to peak at the end of December and the first week or two of January," explained Southeast Regional Epidemiologist Kristen Baker. "It has gone down since then, so currently we’re seeing maybe 5 influenza like illnesses showing up in the ER currently."

Flu cases usually begin to peak in February or March., but it hit earlier this year. Baker said a lot of that has to do with the weather and the amount of people getting the vaccine.

"Right now the current vaccines are about 60 percent affective," said Baker. "If you don’t get the vaccine you’ve got every chance in the world of getting the flu. If you do get the vaccine this year’s vaccine will vaccinate you against two strands of A and a strand of B. That’s three different strainds that you’re less likely to get."

But, we’re not out of the woods yet when it comes to the virus. From November until now 60 people have been hospitalized with the flu. Last year at this time we had none. In Ohio the Federal Government is still considering the flu widespread.