Skagit County, Washington
February 26, 2018
Are we there yet? Influenza in decline in Skagit County
The 2017-2018 Influenza Season in Skagit County may be headed towards its conclusion. This season, Skagit County Public Health has recorded a total of 652 cases of influenza, with 99 hospitalizations and three deaths related to influenza infection and health complications connected to the illness.
While it is impossible to predict the end of the season, Skagit County Public Health has seen a significant decline in positive influenza tests over the past two weeks. An analysis of surveillance data by Skagit County Public Health shows influenza cases peaking in CDC Week 5 (ending 02/03/2018), with 121 cases in that week. In the two following weeks, reported cases dropped by 37% and 47% respectively.
While the flu season may be in decline, it is still important to remain proactive in order to combat infection. Vaccination is still the best preventative measure available, while practicing good hand hygiene, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when ill offer a second line of defense against contracting and furthering the spread of disease.
Contact your healthcare provider or local pharmacy for more information about receiving a flu vaccine.
If you have any further questions, please contact Skagit County Public Health at 360-416-1500 or visit the CDC’s website: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/.