Two cases of influenza A have been confirmed in Haines by doctor Len Feldman. The cases are the first in three years, and have led state and local medical officials to urge residents to get flu shots.
Seven cases of influenza have already been confirmed in Southeast. Feldman said these "index" cases indicate a local epidemic of the flu strain that's infected people around Alaska.
"The rest of those households are sick," he said. "If you know it's in town, then you don't need to keep testing for it."
More than 300 people have taken the flu vaccine at the Haines public health nurse's office since September. Alaska is the national leader in influenza cases this winter, and is the only state that currently ranks influenza as "widespread."
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