Peak flu season hasn't hit Washoe County yet

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Updated: 1/11/2013 2:17 pm

RENO, NV. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) --Influenza has been sweeping the nation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention most of the country is experiencing high levels of influenza.

News 4 sat down with the Washoe County Health District to take a look at the most recent flu survey of the area.

The report shows 2.8-percent of patients in Washoe County reported influenza-like-illness that's compared to the regional baseline of 3.5-percent.

But this doesn't come as a surprise to Washoe County Health District Public Information Officer Phillip Ulibarri.

"We're not seeing quite the activity they're seeing on the national level which is not unusual for us," Ulibarri says.

Not unusual, because according to Ulibarri the peak of flu season for the area isn't here yet. Washoe County won't hit peak flu season until late January, February or sometimes into March. The health district cautions residents the current report doesn't necessarily mean the flu has passed over the silver state.

"I don't want people to be put at ease that they don't need a flu shot. Actually the fact that we're not seeing a peak of our flu season yet just leads me to believe that it's a good time to get a flu shot and be fully immunized by the time the flu season gets here to Reno and Washoe County," Ulibarri says.

Ulibarri says the flu shot takes about two weeks to incubate and settle in your immune system. Now would be the time if to get the shot if you want it to be in your system right before the peak of flu season.

"There are three ways in preventing the flu and preventing passing the flu on so that's an important message for people to know, get a flu shot, wash your hands frequently, cover your cough and sneeze, and if you do get the flu go see a health provider so you can get the right drug to help you get through the flu," Ulibarri says.

The flu vaccine is available in various locations throughout Northern Nevada here is a list according to Immunize Nevada: HAWC, Maxim Healthcare, Renown, St. Mary's, Washoe County Health District, and Carson City Health and Human Services.

Several pharmacies in town also provide the vaccine like CVS Pharmacy, ask your pharmacist if this is an option for you.

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