Cass Public Health hosts walk-in flu clinic

Grant Boone
January 11, 2020

There have been 25-hundred reported cases of influenza in North Dakota, whereas this time a year ago there were 870. "The people who are at most risk of complication from the flu are at the extremes of the age groups", along with people with certain chronic medical conditions, he said. For example, 10,085 cases were recorded in the first week of January, compared to less than 4,000 cases each in the first weeks of 2019, 2018 and 2017. We are hoping the vaccine will become more efficient than it was last year since we made some changes from last year. The season started in October and runs through May.

"Mitigating flu symptoms can save lives", Dr. Wachs said.

A CDC expert told the Washington Post that despite this year's flu vaccine not being a match with this particular strain of the flu, a vaccine could still be beneficial.

"Levels of outpatient [influenza-like illness] remain elevated; however, hospitalization rates and percent of deaths due to pneumonia and influenza remain low", the CDC report reads.

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Idaho public health officials are reporting that two Idaho children have died from influenza-related causes.

Although it doesn't cover all strains, the CDC still recommends getting a flu shot.

She says it's not too late to get vaccinated.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there have been at least 2,900 deaths from the flu nationwide so far this season, health officials said.

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