Flu Season Lingering in Hawaii

Germs spread easily in busy public places.
Germs spread easily in busy public places.

HONOLULU (KHNL) - We're suppose to be near the end of the flu season but health officials say people are still getting sick. It's unusual were seeing more reports, because we're at the tail end of the flu season, which begins in October and runs through mid-May.

The state Department of Health says doctors are seeing more influenza strain on Oahu and more influenza-a strain on Maui. Health officials speculate tourism and our tropical climate are factors in the unusual spike in flu cases.

"Influenza is still around in Hawaii and that currently there are about between five to eight people per hundred are visiting doctors for flu like symptoms," says Ranjani Rajan from the state Department of Health.

"The flu that we've been seeing in the last few weeks is more severe. The people who are coming in seem to be very very ill. We've seen a lot more nausea, vomiting, can't seem to keep the medicine down. So that kind of limits the kind of treatment they've gotten," says pharmacist Carl Mudrick.

To help prevent the spread of illness, you can still get a flu shot. Keep in mind, if you were inoculated, you can still get sick if you're exposed to someone who has the flu, depending on your immune system. Also, wash your hands frequently, cough and sneeze in the nook of your elbow and stay at home if you get sick.

For more information on where you can get a flu shot call Aloha United Way at 211.