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Flu Season Off to a Slow Start, Yakima Health District Says

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YAKIMA, WA - It's National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) and the CDC wants to remind you it's not too late to get your flu shot.

We checked in with the Yakima Health District to find out how many cases of the flu have been reported in Yakima County this year. They tell us we're having a slow start compared to other years. 

This is based on data gathered on a weekly basis from 4 local hospitals in Yakima County. 

But there can be an increase in cases during the holiday season, because people are spending a lot of time indoors, in close confined spaces, where it's much easier to share germs.

If you need an incentive to get your flu shot, Diane Bock, Community Health Supervisor tells us this year's vaccine seems to be pretty effective.

"All the reports from the Department of Health over in Seattle and Olympia and also from the CDC, so far have been very positive about the flu vaccine this year," said Bock. 

She adds while it's a good thing to get the shot, hand washing is and will be your best defense against the flu virus.

Bock says it's also very important to stay home if you're sick, even if that means missing that holiday party so you can avoid spreading germs.