Flu severity ‘low’ in Utah; not too late to get flu shot

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A woman prepares to give the flu shot to a federal employee at his workplace. While the number of flu cases are not higher than what is normal in Utah, they are increasing and elevated elsewhere in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease and Prevention. Those who have not received a flu shot this year can still get one at Moab Regional Hospital. Photo courtesy of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission/Wikimedia Commons

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe more people in the U.S. will come down with the flue, with activity “likely to increase and remain elevated over the next few weeks.” The CDC said there’s a 45 percent chance the flu season will peak late this month, but it could extend into February.

The severity of flue in the Moab area and Utah as a whole is low, according to Misty Kovacs, the Infection Prevention and Employee Health nurse at Moab Regional Hospital.

Still, 54 Utahns have been hospitalized and doctors have seen 51 people with the flu at Moab Regional, with the majority–36–coming in November, and 15 this month through Dec. 16. Kovacs said the figures are “normal for this time of year.”

Both the CDC and Kovacs encourage people to protect themselves by getting the flu shot if they haven’t already done so.