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Flu widespread in 48 states, Montana sees big jump

Posted at 11:31 AM, Feb 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-18 13:20:29-05

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that flu activity is now widespread in 48 states — as well as in Puerto Rico.

The highest rate of hospitalizations was for people age 65 and older, but there is still time to get the flu shot if you have yet to get it.

The CDC announced last week that the vaccine has been about 47% effective so far this season, which is better than last year.

The latest flu report from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) shows more than 1,000 new cases of the flu in the Treasure State – the largest jump in cases this season.

There have been 3,279 confirmed flu cases in Montana this so far this season, resulting in 190 hospitalizations and three deaths.

Despite the large number of new cases in the latest reporting period, there have been no new outbreaks reported.  Click here to view the latest flu activity report for Montana.

Missoula, Ravalli Cascade and Yellowstone counties all have reported more than 300 cases this season.