2019 is a Good Year for Flu so far
The partial government shutdown in Washington, D.C., has not affected flu surveillance efforts at the Centers for Disease Control. According to the agency’s weekly summary, influenza activity remains elevated across the United States, with more cases of influenza-A infections than influenza-B.
Wyoming, however, is among 30 other states reporting widespread influenza. The number of cases in Wyoming at this time is above the nationwide baseline for influenza activity.
The latest statewide data is from the week ending Dec. 31, 2018, in which the Wyoming Department of Health estimated more than 100 new cases in Campbell County, between 51 and 75 new cases in Sheridan County, and between 26 and 50 new cases in Johnson County.
Campbell County Public Health Executive Director Jane Glaser said when compared to last year at this time, there are actually fewer cases of influenza.
So far this season, nurses at public health have administered 2,730 flu shots, which Glaser said is pretty average. Another 2,057 shots have been administered to Campbell County students through the school district.
Glaser said there are still flu shots available at public health. This year’s vaccine covers four different strains of the flu. Each year the CDC looks at nation and worldwide trends to determine which strains of the virus will be included in the flu shots.
Although the flu shot may not protect people from every strain of influenza, getting one often lessens the impact and severity when a person does come down with the illness.