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State: Hawaii could see flu outbreak within a month

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:11 p.m. HST, Jan 11, 2013

Hawaii 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 today 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. 

Five-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. 

National health officials say flu is more widespread across the nation, but the number of hard-hit states has declined.

Flu season started early this winter, and includes a strain that tends to make people sicker.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today said flu was widespread in 47 states last week, up from 41 the week before. But many cases may be mild. The only states without widespread flu are California, Mississippi and Hawaii.

The hardest hit states dropped to 24 from 29.

So far, 20 children have died from the flu. There is no running tally of adult deaths, but the CDC estimates that the flu kills about 24,000 people in an average year.

Experts say it's too early to say if this is a bad year.

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Publicbraddah wrote:
Only a matter of time before it catches up to us. About a month actually.
on January 11,2013 | 06:18AM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Pfft. Go back sleep.
on January 11,2013 | 07:07AM
nigelUV001 wrote:
Wash your hands for 20 seconds with good soap a lot and hold your breath if you pass by someone who is coughing a lot, if you have the lung power.
on January 11,2013 | 07:27AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Norovirus is suspected at Wahiawa General Hospital. Can SA check it out and report on it?
on January 11,2013 | 08:04AM
jcjr wrote:
I know of a school in Kaimuki where 17 out of 20 children in a class did not go to school this week. Only 3 children showed up. The rest of the kids were sick with flu like symptoms. Of the children that did go to the doctors, the test for the flu was positive. I hope this is not an indication of what we may be facing because we live on an island and it could get really bad. If you haven't got your flu shot go and get it. It may not be totally prevent the flu but the symptoms won't be as bad. Make sure your kids get it before it's to late. My child was one of those kids that was in that class and tested positive. She got the flu shot in October and I believe that is why we only suffered 2 days of high fever. It could have been a lot worst!
on January 11,2013 | 08:15PM
iwanaknow wrote:
At what point do we start wearing the surgical masks?
on January 11,2013 | 09:21AM
IAmSane wrote:
In about a month, apparently.
on January 11,2013 | 12:33PM
64hoo wrote:
wearing surgical masks does not help.
on January 11,2013 | 04:36PM
LanaUlulani wrote:

The flu vaccine destroys white blood cells which are integral to one's immunity. Psychos.

on January 11,2013 | 12:29PM
Waterman2 wrote:
It also never leaves your gut.
on January 11,2013 | 03:42PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Really? The Walgreen's pharmacist who gave me the shot says that it takes two weeks for the body to build up anti-bodies, or "whatever they are called", for the body to get ready to rumble with the flu.
on January 11,2013 | 04:17PM
loquaciousone wrote:
As long as it's after the Superbowl
on January 11,2013 | 12:31PM
false wrote:
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on January 11,2013 | 01:27PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Western Union much better. Make sure u give me all the codes.
on January 11,2013 | 04:14PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
I just got a flu shot this morning from Walgreens, same time that i paid 75 cents for today's paper. Left arm only a little sore now, like a muscle knot.
on January 11,2013 | 04:14PM
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