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Flu cases on the upswing again

By Stephen Betts | Feb 04, 2020

The number of flu cases in Knox County spiked again last week after a brief respite.

There were 15 cases for the week ending Feb. 1. This brings the total cases since Oct. 1 to 133.

The 15 exceeds the 11 cases during the past two consecutive weeks and eight a week before that. Cases peaked a month ago at 20 for a single week.

None of the patients last week had to be hospitalized.

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 866 new cases. York County reported 277 cases, the most of any county in Maine. Lincoln County had 22 new cases last week and Waldo County had 15.

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

The state said in a Jan. 8 news release that an 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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Comments (1)
Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Feb 05, 2020 07:00

MANY have been sick with this serious upper respiratory infection that has no name yet hangs on for weeks and will not go away without medication. Why are we not hearing more about it? The longer we try to deal with it ourselves the longer it will take to get better.  This is week four for me.

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