McLennan County sees spike in flu cases

Flu not hitting area as hard as other counties

The most compelling statistic is the increase in reported flu cases from this time past year. "Widespread" is the highest level of flu action, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state.

There were 234 cases of influenza reported during the week that ended December 16, according to the Health Department's weekly influenza summary. "We're seeing an increase in our flu cases, so that is a concern". Stephens County is reporting the most cases in Southwest Oklahoma with five, followed by four in Comanche County and three in Jackson.

While flu vaccine efficacy may vary form 30 to 90 percent, depending on how well the strains in the vaccine and those circulating in the community match, as well as other factors such as one's age and immune-system strength, the protection offered is well worth the very limited risk.

The number of cases has risen sharply in the past month, according to Health Department data. If you're sick, stay home.

In addition, ADH also reported six influenza-related deaths in the state so far this season.

The Peterson Health staff has the following pieces of advice, saying the flu can knock you off your feet; but knowing how to pamper oneself can help you feel better faster.




The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated.

Last week, a Yukon elementary school was forced to close its doors after 115 students and 10 teachers called in sick.

The importance of getting the flu shot is especially true for young people and those with chronic medical conditions, she said.

Getting the shot is a proactive way to avoid a potentially harmful illness that is good for you, your loved one and the people in your care, say hospital administrators.

Flu-like symptoms include cough, fever, body aches, headache, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, chills and fatigue.

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