Flu levels low in Hawaii though widespread nationally

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii state health officials say widespread flu across most of the United States may be coming to Hawaii in about one month.

Dr. Sarah Park, Hawaii's state epidemiologist, said Friday that flu in the state is at a low, steady level normal for the islands during this time of year.

Park says Hawaii may see a pickup as travelers go to and from the U.S. mainland. She says if flu activity peaks, it will lag about one month behind other U.S. states.

5-year data provided by the state shows Hawaii generally sees a flu peak around the eighth week of the year.

Park says vaccine is still available. She said shots or spray are recommended for everyone - particularly travelers and those welcoming guests from mainland U.S. states.

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