KENNEWICK, Wash.—It's not a secret that we are in flu season, but are people getting hit with the bug? KNDU looked into whether or not it is too late to protect yourself.
Benton-Franklin County Health District representatives say it is never too late to protect yourself from the flu and other illnesses. The Health District has given out about 8,000 flu shots this season. The flu vaccination is still available.
However, the flu hasn't hit as hard as last year. The main illnesses we are seeing are RSV and the Rotavirus in infants and respiratory viruses in children and adults.
A few reasons for the low flu numbers are being that the Tri-Cities has more available places to get the flu shot, and that could mean more people are vaccinated. Plus more people may have had past protection and will resist the strains this season.
However, we could still see more flu, so that doesn't mean you're safe from the bug. To protect yourself get vaccinated, wash your hands, cough into your arm and stay home when you are sick.