Oregon seeing spike in flu hospitalizations

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is seeing a spike in flu hospitalizations.

In the most recently available numbers, the state reports that there were 81 flu-related hospitalizations during the week of Christmas. That was a jump from 67 the week before and just 18 the week before that.

Oregon Health Authority spokesman Jonathan Modie says the flu season doesn't typically peak in Oregon until later in January and February. He says it's not too late for people to get a flu shot.

KGW-TV reports that a 5-year-old boy from Eugene recently died from the flu at Oregon Health & Science University.

Many of the flu cases this year are the H1N1 strain that was an epidemic in 2009. The flu vaccine can now help protect from H1N1.

The H1N1 strain is more likely to hit young adults and children.

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