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Influenza report from Lincoln County Health Department

Posted on December 15, 2014 at 10:11 am

As you probably know, influenza (“flu”) has hit Lincoln County, starting the week of Oct. 26 and increasing especially over Thanksgiving week and continuing to gain momentum. The Lincoln County Health Department has received 111 lab confirmed reports of influenza, all Type A, so far. Of those reported ill, only 12 are known to have received flu vaccine. The vaccine may not be as effective this year as expected (especially

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