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Warren County hit hard with flu cases
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The flu virus is still prevalent in Warren County.
According to Health Department nursing supervisor Pat Williams, the facility is a partner with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In reporting flu cases, this area has a higher than average number of cases.
“The Health Department is flu partner for the CDC,” said Williams. “That means we are one of the areas that gathers information that goes to the CDC and our average here in Warren County is above the CDC average so we have quite a bit going on in this county right now.”
Williams offered the information during a county Health and Welfare Committee meeting when asked by Commissioner Teddy Boyd about any outbreaks.
“In this past month, did we have an outbreak of flu or anything? I’ve never heard so many people say they’ve had it,” said Boyd.
While seasonal flu viruses can be detected year-round, flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter. The exact timing and duration of flu seasons can vary, but influenza activity often begins to increase in October. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May, according to the CDC.
Williams also provided the Health Department’s report for March. The facility had 2,874 visits from 2,510 patients in March. Among the services provided, the department gave 326 vaccines, of which 19 were flu vaccinations, and one TB skin test.

With high flu activity locally, flu shots are still available at the Health Department.