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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Friday, January 11, 2002

Flu hits Hawai'i early this year

Advertiser Staff

The number of influenza cases in Hawai'i is much higher than at this time last year and officials are bugging residents to get a flu shot now.

From Sept. 29 to Dec. 12, there were 92 confirmed cases of the flu. During the same period in 2000, only 10 cases were reported.

Last year's flu season peaked in March. Flu season runs from November to April.

Health Department spokeswoman Janice Okubo said, "We really want to encourage people to get the flu shot. It's not too late."

People at high risk from the flu include those older than 65; people in a nursing home or chronic-care facility; adults or children with asthma or other continuing lung problems; and those suffering from kidney disease heart disease or diabetes.

For a list of flu shot clinics, call Ask Aloha United Way at 275-2000. Neighbor Island residents can call (877) 275-6569.