Archive | February 27, 2018

Flu Cases Decline at Lexington Medical Center

There’s some good news to report about the flu. The number of flu cases diagnosed in Lexington Medical Center’s Emergency department and five Urgent Care centers in Lexington County has declined steadily this month.

According to information gathered by the hospital’s Infection Control department, flu cases peaked during the week of January 28 with 760 positive flu tests.

Since then, the numbers have consistently gone down.
Week of February 4: 585
Week of February 11: 352
Week of February 18: 141

While the numbers seem reassuring, experts say to be cautiously optimistic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects several more weeks of significant flu activity. So, keep covering your cough, washing your hands and staying home if you’re sick.

And because flu season can last into the spring, it’s still not too late to get a flu shot. While it will take two weeks for the vaccine to be completely effective, some protection is better than none.