Cameron County Experiencing Share of Flu Epidemic



by Bruce Whitman

Cameron County and the surrounding region have not escaped the ravages of the 2017-18 flu epidemic.

While no deaths have been directly linked to the flu, activity at region hospitals, clinics and doctors’ offices has been high.

Flu cases across the nation have been at their highest rates in the last decade.

Unfortunately, the available flu vaccine this season has not been doing an effective job of preventing illnesses.

Overall effectiveness is running about 36 percent. However, one nasty strain, H3N2, has proven to be effectively treated by the current vaccine about 25 percent of the time.


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