Flu cases drop in Knox County

By Stephen Betts | Jan 14, 2020

The flu outbreak in Knox County has diminished during the past week after more than a month of increased cases.

There were eight new cases in Knox County for the week ending Jan. 15, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This is down from 20 cases the previous week.

The number of cases since Oct. 1 in Knox County is 76, according to the CDC.

None of the new patients were admitted to a hospital last week.

The flu season last season peaked in mid-March when there were 26 new cases in Knox County in a single week.

Statewide last week, there were 401 new cases. York County reported 118 cases, the most of any county in Maine. Lincoln County had two new cases last week and Waldo County saw 10.

There have been no local outbreaks this season in nursing care facilities.

The state said in a Jan. 8 news release that influenza vaccination is recommended each year for anyone 6 months of age and older.

Vaccination can reduce a person's risk of contracting the illness, and subsequent doctors' visits, and missed work and school due to influenza.

The influenza vaccine can also reduce the severity of the illness, should a vaccinated person contract influenza.

Studies show the influenza vaccine saves children's lives, prevents serious events associated with chronic lung disease, diabetes, and heart disease, and prevents influenza-related hospitalization among working-age and older adults.

The CDC also continues to recommend people wash their hands frequently, cover their coughs, and stay home if they are sick as ways to prevent the spread of the flu.

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