Flu cases in Marshall County are dramatically down this season compared to recent years thanks to people taking precautions to avoid COVID-19.

Because influenza and COVID are both spread through droplets, steps taken to reduce the spread of the coronavirus have also worked to decrease influenza cases.

Influenza season is from October through the end of March. Marshall Medical Centers reported 51 positive influenza cases from October through December 2020.

This is a 59-percent decrease in cases from the same period in 2019, which saw 125 positive cases.

Records show more adults have gotten the flu shot in pharmacies in 2020 compared to last year’s flu season. More than 188 million doses of flu vaccine have been distributed so far this year.

That’s a sharp increase from the 169 million doses sent out at this time last year, and 163 million doses distributed at this point in 2018.

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