The first local case of Influenza B has hit Spokane. Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) reports it was diagnosed in a Spokane County child using a rapid flu test at Valley Hospital. They added that the diagnosis was not culture confirmed.
Kim Papich, SRHD, says Influenza A is more common in Spokane County than B, but it’s not unheard of.
“During the flu season, we’ll still see more A than B. There is no difference in symptoms,” Papich explained.
During the last flu season, 146 people were hospitalized in the county because of the flu. This season, they’re hoping to protect more people from the flu and make sure they know there’s still plenty of vaccines remaining and time to get a flu shot.