YAKIMA, Wash - Flu cases are on the rise in the country, but Yakima County is seeing a different trend. It's not that the county didn't have a widespread flu outbreak, we did, it just came at a different time.
Leaders for the Yakima Health District say the flu virus in the county peaked in late January and early February. However, 49 states throughout the nation are reporting wide spread flu cases right now. The county has stayed pretty consistent through each flu season.
"With Yakima County for the last three year's we have seen to come to a significant increase in cases, then it drops off pretty dramatically within a week or so," says Marianne Patnode with the Yakima Health District.
Patnode also says part of the problem with the widespread outbreaks this year is not all of the flu strains circulating are matched in this years vaccine. Only about 40% of them are. Typically the flu season runs from October through May.
Ofcourse the best way to protect yourself from the flu virus is washing your hands frequently for at least 30 seconds each time. Another effective way is keeping hand sanitizer close by.