Speech to Text for Delayed Flu Season For Oregon
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newswatch 12's mari nelson is live in the studio today to give you a look at oregon's flu season this year in comparison to the last 3 years. [d4]health alert: flu concern-2nd desk today, health offcials told me that oregon is seeing a peak rght now, later than usual. this red line represents the amount of e-r visits in oregon that were flu related this year. as you can see, we're just now seeing a peak. compare that to last year, the yellow line, where we saw that flu season peak in late december through early february. [d5]health alert: flu concern-vo flu seasons are unpredictable, so there's not exact answer to why this could happen but the josephine county public health director told me this delayed spike in flu season may have to do with the amount of people who got a flu shot this year. he said we aren't far enough in the flu season to get an exact read on how effective the flu shot is, but he said right now its about 47% effective. [d6]health alert: flu concern-sotvo "part of it is our vaccinations are up significantly. so, we have about a 25% increase in vaccination rates for children this year and we're seeing simular numbers for adults and that can help clear off a lot of the influenza that's the primary influenza strains." he thinks that this increase is due to last year's flu season being especially bad. the cdc still recommends getting your flu shot if you haven't already. this graph is is updated weekly and you can find it on the oregon.gov website. coming up at 6, eldery people are especially suseptable to this seasons strain of the flu. i'll be giving you a look at how a local retirment home is preparing for an outbrek. girl scout leadership day-vo