Flu Cases Still Rising In Oregon

Jan 12, 2015

Flu season usually peaks in the second or third week of January, but not this year. Flu cases are still increasing in Oregon, and at a steep rate.

The strain of the flu affecting most people in Oregon this year is called H-3-N-2. Jason Davis is with Lane County Health and Human Services. He says there's been misunderstanding about this year's flu vaccine.

"The vaccine will actually work against H3N2, it's just not working as well as we'd like it to, but it's still working. So, it's still a really good idea to get the vaccine, and it's far better than not getting it."

Davis says every one case of the flu typically causes two other cases. That's why it's important to cover your cough, use hand sanitizer, and stay away from work if you're sick.

Lane County Public Health is hosting a panel on the pros and cons of immunizations at Cozmic Pizza in Eugene Tuesday at 6:30.