No deaths reported, but influenza continues to circulate in Whatcom County. According to the weekly update from the county health department:
This week there were eighteen positive influenza A tests, and two positive influenza B tests, reported through the Peace Health Laboratory. There were also two positive influenza A tests called in by an outpatient clinic. There were five lab confirmed, influenza-related hospitalizations.
Four schools in Whatcom County were reporting elevated absenteeism rates related to illness.
The Whatcom County Health Department hasn’t yet posted numbers for 2013 flu cases in Whatcom County, but reports on its website that there were zero influenza-related death in Whatcom County for the last week of 2012.
The AP reported Monday that there have been six flu-related deaths in our state.
Has the flu taken hold at your home or office? What are you doing to make sure you don’t get it?