Ravalli County has had 77 confirmed flu cases, according Public Health Nurse Angela Allen. She said the flu has been evenly split between Type A and Type B, which is a bit unusual. Allen said that Type B usually peaks in the springtime. Four people have been hospitalized in the Bitterroot because of the virus. No deaths have been reported due to the flu. She again urged flu shots for young children and people 65 years and older, who are listed at higher risk, along with those who have other factors such as cancer, heart disease or are on steroid treatments.

If you think you are coming down with the flu, such as high fever and a cough, seek medical treatment within 48 hours to get anti-viral treatment. The other caution – if you have the flu, stay home. Don’t go to work. If your child has the flu, don’t send them to school. That will avoid even more spread of the virus.