Flu season light in Stutsman County so far
A local health official has seen more people with sore throats and colds in December, but not a lot of cases of the flu in Stutsman County.
Marcia Bollingberg, director of nursing for the Central Valley Health District, said Tuesday she has seen more people coming in and getting flu vaccinations.
“We have flu serum left, so people can come in and get a flu shot,” she said.
According to the North Dakota Department of Health’s flu website, www.ndflu.com, since Sept. 1 through Tuesday, there have only been seven cases of the flu verified in Stutsman County and none in Logan County. Stutsman and Logan counties make up the Central Valley Health District.
Through the 2012-13 flu season, which ran from the beginning of September 2012 through the end of August, there were 165 verified cases of the flu for Stutsman County and 51 verified cases for Logan County.
Bollingberg said the flu serum available at Central Valley Health District will protect against three kinds of influenza viruses — one A (H1N1) virus, one A (H3N2) virus and one B virus. These are different types of flu viruses and are the ones that the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention have determined will be more prevalent this flu season.
Overall Bollingberg said there have been 165 verified cases of the flu in North Dakota since Sept. 1. She said some of the counties with bigger populations in the state, like Burleigh and Cass, are showing higher rates of verified flu cases.
Since Sept. 1, Burleigh County has had 28 cases of the flu verified as of Tuesday. Cass County has had 27 flu cases verified over the same time period.
Bollingberg said just about everyone should get the flu vaccine. People who work in the health care fields, those who work with infants, those who work with young children, the chronically ill, the elderly and people with depressed immune systems should all get flu shots.
People interested in getting a flu vaccination can arrange one through their doctor or health care provider. The flu vaccine is also available at area drug stores and at the Central Valley Health District office in Jamestown. Bollingberg said people will fill out a form before getting a flu vaccination. For more information about the Central Valley Health District flu vaccination availability, call 701-252-8130.
Sun reporter Chris Olson can be reached at 701-952-8454 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org