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Tri-State health officials continue fight against flu

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The Centers for Disease Control is reporting that flu cases seem to have waned in some parts of the country in recent weeks, but is that the case locally?

At St. Mary's West Side Connection Clinic, flu cases have not slowed down one bit.

"We started seeing more recently in the last week, coming back through...been seeing more kids with the flu," said Christina Gehring, Nurse Practioner, St. Mary's.

Gehring says in her office alone she has seen 30 to 40 flu cases since before Christmas.

Doctors at Deaconess are seeing the same trend.

"We had close to 40 cases just last week," said Dr. Mubashir Zahid, Deaconess, Medical Dir. Infectious Disease.

From December 21 through January 6, Deaconess performed 965 flu tests, 16 percent of those came back positive.

On Tuesday both hospitals announced they are implementing some new visitation restrictions to keep the flu from spreading.

Just how long will those be in place?

"Right now we really don't know we're just gonna be monitoring flu activity in this area," said Laura Forbes, St. Mary's.

If all this talk is making you anxious, there is still time to get your flu shot.

"Vanderburgh County still has vaccine available...now it is more or less flying off the shelf," said Dr. Ray Nicholson, Vanderburgh County Health Department.

Dr. Nicholson tells us it has about 70 vaccinations left for children.

Their vaccine for adults is all gone.

The Walgreens and CVS stores we spoke to tell us they still have vaccines as of right now, but they're going quickly.

In addition to CVS and Walgreens locations, Passport Health still has flu vaccinations as well.

Employees say they have supplies of the vaccine for anyone 3-years-old and up available. They are however out of the vaccine for 6-month-olds to 3-year-olds, as well as the flu mist. Vaccinations are available by appointment only. To schedule an appointment or for any insurance questions, call 812-402-6000.

EVSC officials tells us they haven't seen a big increase in the number of reported flu cases.

The absence rate is slightly over 6 percent. 

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