Cases of the flu, including the H1N1 strain of the virus, are continuing to rise across the country. H1N1, originally known as swine flu, has even resulted in deaths here in Santa Rosa County.
Children and the elderly have traditionally faced the greatest risk from flu complications, but the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports 31.7% of hospitalizations this season have occurred in people 18 to 49 years of age. Just this month, two Santa Rosa County residents, aged 32 and 47, died as result of complications from H1N1.
Dr. Julian Ole Olsen, board certified family medical physician at Baptist Medical Park in Navarre, said he has noticed an increase in the number of flu cases over the last six weeks. “It seems to be the most prevalent virus right now, and I encourage people to get the flu shot to protect themselves,” Olsen said.
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