The fear of the flu seems to be on everyone’s mind and according to Douglas County Health Director Adi Pour, she doesn’t think we’ve hit the peak of the flu season yet.
Inside the Kubat Pharmacy workers have been unusually busy. Pharmacist Jim Quinley says, “It's been very frantic, normally this time of the year we may give one flu shot a week and we've been giving probably 35 a day.
Quinley says it’s actually late in the season to get the shot, but it’s not too late. Usually people get the shot in September or October, but because so many people are hearing of their friends and family getting the awful bug, they’re going to get the vaccine.
Nathan Buffington decided to get the vaccine on Monday. He says, "I have an infant, she's 8 months old, and we've had enough sickness at our house that we don't need anymore, hopefully this will deter some of that."
It is Buffington’s first time getting the shot. Dr. Pour says it’s a good thing people are taking precautions. “We are not on the down turn yet, we don’t see the reports decreasing.” She says usually the peak time for the flu is February, but this year it seemed to start earlier and so far she would describe it as severe. “We have more than 890 cases that are in the system at this time, last year we had 330 for the entire season.”
Dr. Pour suggests getting a flu shot, but she says it’s only 62 percent effective. “So even if you have received the vaccine do not think you are completely protected and can not get ill.” She says important to remember to do the small things like wash your hands and keep hand sanitizer nearby.