Flu related hospital visits up in Washoe County

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- The flu this season has hit Washoe County pretty hard.

Recent numbers released by the Washoe County Health District shows 56 people have been hospitalized this season between September 29th and November 23rd.

That is the most over the past three years when comparing the same time frame. The Health District says in 2018-19, 11 people were hospitalized, 2017-18 54 people were hospitalized and in 2016-17 41 people.

Health officials are emphasizing it's still not too late to get a flu shot.

"The flu vaccine isn't 100% effective,” said Lynnie Shore, Immunization Program Coordinator for the Washoe County health District. “No vaccine is 100% effective. It is very effective in helping keep you out of the hospital and out of the cemetery. That is its important job to do."

Shore says it usually takes two weeks before the shot kicks in.
One person has died from the flu this season.

Some of the best ways to protect yourself is by not touching your face and to wash your hands.

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