Multnomah County Health Officer Dr. Justin Denny was glad we called today. He’s eager to get the word out about the type of flu, H1N1, that’s tearing through the region.
Denny says the number of flu cases in the county is about the same as it was this time last year. The difference, says the doctor, is this year’s flu is more severe. And it’s putting more people in the hospital.
Across the country people young and old are dying from flu. Denny says he can’t emphasize enough the importance of getting a flu shot.
He says it’s not too late. Denny says flu, around here, usually peaks in February or early March.
Other flu-fighting tips include– wash your hands often, cover your cough, and stay home when you’re sick if you have a high temperature.
Oregon ranks #1 among states in kindergartners who’ve received vaccine exemptions. We asked Denny if that’s a factor in the current flu season. He says experts won’t know the answer until March or April.
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