This year’s flu shot may be less effective

In this Sept. 16, 2014, photo, a Walgreens store in Indianapolis lets customers know they can get a flu shot. 

Now that the masks are off and physical distancing is in the past, health officials are expecting that seasonal flu will strike with greater vengeance.

Already about 2.1% of the 653 flu tests given in Central Oregon were positive as of Oct.29, compared to just 0.6% the week before, according to Deschutes County Health Services most current data. That mirrors the state’s positive flu activity, but is far below the 9% of flu tests that were positive reported across the county during last year’s flu season. Flu season runs October through May.

Deschutes County flu chart

Deschutes County Health Services reports on flu activity weekly. This chart shows the last three years of flu activity in the community. 

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Suzanne Roig has been a reporter with The Bulletin since 2018 covering business and health in the region. When she's not working she enjoys taking her dog Pono out on hikes.

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