Clark County flu activity may have peaked

first_imgEven though the flu virus continues to sicken people across Clark County, relief may be on the horizon.Flu activity in the county declined recently for the first time since November. Hospital admissions of patients with the flu have gone down. And medical offices, while still busy, are reporting decreasing numbers of patients with flu symptoms.“Things are looking like we may have peaked, but I can’t tell for sure,” said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County Public Health director and county health officer, during a county board of health meeting Wednesday.“Even if we’re on the downswing, we’re still at increased activity,” Melnick added. “If you haven’t gotten a flu shot, it’s not too late. Flu season is going to go on for a while.”During the second week of January, the most recent data available, 35 percent of flu tests in the county came back positive. The drop followed two weeks of record-high flu positivity rates: 41 percent and 44 percent.If local flu activity follows historical trends, it will begin to decline but remain elevated for another six to eight weeks.So far this flu season, Clark County Public Health has recorded seven flu deaths: a boy younger than 10, a woman in her 50s, a man in his 60s and four people 70 or older. Five of the seven had received the flu vaccine. All of the deaths are among people considered at high-risk for complications: young children, adults 65 or older and those with underlying health conditions, Melnick said.last_img read more