Spike in King County flu cases

Crossposted from Public Health Insider 

fluInfluenza is hitting hard in King County. We caught up with Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, to get his take on the flu season so far. 

What kind of levels of flu are you seeing in King County right now? 

Over the past two weeks we’ve seen flu activity take off with marked increases in positive laboratory tests for flu and people seeking medical care. The number of people seen at hospital emergency departments with flu-like illnesses to-date is more than we’ve seen at this time of year for the previous five years, but we haven’t peaked yet and I can’t predict when that will happen or how high it will be compared to other years.  We’re also tracking an increasing number of flu outbreaks in long term care facilities.