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Flu cases on the rise in Kitsap County

Flu season is upon us.

Hospitals, longterm care facilities and physicians are reporting an increased number of influenza cases. One person in Kitsap County who died recently tested positive for the flu.

Flu viruses have adapted, making the current flu shot somewhat less effective this year. Kitsap Public Health District is still urging residents to get the vaccination, as it still covers a number of flu strains and may offer some protection from the adapted strains.

The district offers low-cost flu shots for children (more information below). Free flu shots for moms are available through a program offered at Rite-Aid. The Department of Health has a flu vaccine finder tool on its flu information page.

A full news release from the health district is posted below and downloadable hereContinue reading

Harrison posts informational video on flu season

blog.fluvidFlu season peaked in January and rates remain high in Western Washington.

In response, Harrison Medical Center posted an educational video on flu season, the predominate  strains, and ways of preventing the spread of flu.

The video is posted on Harrison’s homepage.

One flu-related death in Kitsap County has been confirmed by local health officials this season. A Bremerton woman with a confirmed case of H1N1 (swine flu) and a secondary medical condition died in January.

Flu vaccines are still widely available at pharmacies and clinics. See the state Department of Health flu page for more information.