State says flu is moderate in Alaska

Weekly influenza activity estimates reported by state and territorial epidemioligists. Week ending January 5, 2013.

A state health official says the level of influenza in Alaska is moderate.

But state epidemiologist Dr. Joe McLaughlin said there’s no sign that it will let up any time soon, and may actually be on the increase.

He says the high level of flu seen in a majority of Lower 48 states “is likely to be heading our way.”

There’s no shortage of flu vaccine in Alaska, and he is encouraging everyone to get a flu shot. He calls it the socially responsible thing to do. Even if you are healthy and think you can fight off the flu, you may transfer it to people who are not as healthy.

There have been no pediatric deaths reported to the state from the flu this year. Adult deaths aren’t reportable.