Cold And Flu Season Nowhere Near Over in Oregon

Jan 8, 2018

Health officials know that the influenza virus spreads from Southern to Northern Hemisphere. That puts Oregon pretty late in the game and means the flu season here doesn’t end until May. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert sits down with Lane County Public Health nurse Cindy Morgan, to talk cold and flu symptoms, possible immunity and flu shot effectiveness.

Oregon is in the red along with other states, showing outbreaks of influenza in the thick of the flu season.
Credit Centers For Disease Control

Nurse Cindy Morgan talked cold and flu at the KLCC studios.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

Cindy Morgan is Communicable Disease Supervisor for Lane County Public Health. Last year, seventeen people died of complications of the flu. $13 million in tax payer dollars were spent treating influenza in Lane County. Health officials say it is not too late to get a flu shot.