Health officials: OR flu season 'moderate'

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon health officials say the flu season so far in their state remains moderate, although the rate of state residents reporting flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough or sore throat is rising.

So far there have been 65 hospitalizations attributed to flu in the tri-county Portland metropolitan area since Oct. 1.

Officials say there have been no child deaths attributed to the flu so far this season in Oregon. The Oregon Health Authority's Public Health Division doesn't usually track adult flu deaths.

Six lab-confirmed flu deaths have been reported in Washington, including one child.

Dr. Richard Leman of the Public Health Division says Oregon residents can protect themselves "by getting vaccinated and washing their hands regularly."

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