H1N1 causing ‘significant’ illness in county, health officials say

Friday, January 10, 2014
By Paul Martin

Jan. 9, 2014

Livingston County health officials reported a significant increase in the number of individuals seeking treatment for flu.

As of Tuesday, there have been 66 lab-confirmed cases in Livingston County this flu season, ranging in age from 1 to 88, with an average age of 42 years. All lab-confirmed cases have tested positive for influenza A, or H1N1, the deadly influenza strain behind the 2009 pandemic.

There have been 18 influenza-related hospitalizations, or 27 percent of the cases.

Individual influenza reporting is not mandated so these numbers “may largely underestimate the true number of influenza cases,” the health department reported.

The vaccination status of all hospitalized patients is not known. However, in the cases where it is known, most are not vaccinated or have been vaccinated in the last two weeks before immunity reached its peak.

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