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State health department reports nearly 2,600 influenza cases

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Montana’s influenza cases have nearly doubled since mid-January. The surge comes as COVID-19 hospitalizations are spiking.

The state health department’s latest influenza update confirms almost 2,600 cases statewide. That’s up from over 1,400 in mid-January.

As of Monday, there were 77 reported influenza hospitalizations. Five of those cases are patients coinfected with influenza and COVID.

State health officials urge Montanans to vaccinate against both COVID-19 and influenza, saying this not only reduces the risk of hospitalization for each infection, but can also help relieve the current COVID-related strain on Montana’s health care infrastructure.

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