The flu season is off to an early start in Douglas County, according to the Health Department.
Through November, Douglas County has had 27 confirmed cases of influenza, which officials said is well above the typical numbers of five or fewer at this point in the season. Unlike many other areas in the country, flu cases in Douglas County are almost evenly split between type-A and type-B.
“It is too early to say for sure what these numbers mean,” Douglas County Health Director Dr. Adi Pour said. “The flu season usually lasts two or three months and peaks in February or March, so it is not too late to be vaccinated.”
This is National Influenza Vaccination Week, and with many people planning holiday gatherings, the time to get your vaccine is now. It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to give protection.
The CDC has said the 2012-213 flu vaccine is a good match for the circulating strains and contains protection against the strain of H1N1 that caused the 2009 pandemic.