11/13/14 - 9:25pm
Central Peninsula Hospital has confirmed 34 cases of influenza since the October start of the flu season. Eight of those patients ended up being hospitalized.
Local health officials are urging Kenai Peninsula residents to get their flu shots as all of the reported cases were influenza A which is covered by this year’s vaccine.
Infection control nurse Dana McDonald said the cases that had been confirmed were lab-identified, though not all of them care from patients at the hospital. “Some were emergency or outpatient,” she said.