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Swine Flu Cases on the Rise

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EUGENE, Ore. — Flu season is in full swing across the country, and swine flu is making a comeback this year.

The H1N1 virus is the predominant circulating virus so far. The trend in Oregon is following the national trend, an increase in flu activity over the last couple of weeks.

Lane County Public Health says twice as many people were tested for flu illness two weeks ago compared to the week prior. Oregon Health Authority reports that most of the confirmed cases in the state were young adults. Fortunately, the dominant H1N1 strain is a good match with this year’s flu vaccine.

“It is not too late to get the flu shot. Even though we’re seeing an increase in cases of flu in Lane County, we tell people that until they actually get symptoms they can still get the flu vaccine,” says Lane County Public Health Nursing Supervisor Cindy Morgan.

Despite concerns about H1N1, Lane Public Health says flu activity in Oregon is at a moderate level. Currently, 1.3 percent of the population is getting sick. It’s double that in the South and East, but it’s important to note that the flu tends to hit the East Coast first and progresses west.

Oregon has seen the largest number of flu cases in January, for the past five years, and Lane County Public Health anticipates that again this year.

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