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You’ve got crud, but no flu for you

The flu hasn’t shown up en masse in Kitsap County, but there is plenty of crud in the air.

Betty Dunaway, director of infectious diseases for Harrison Hospital, has been tracking the number of folks who make their way into the emergency room. She said that as of Monday morning, there haven’t been very many cases of the flu in the hospital.

“It’s not here, not yet,” Dunaway said. Flu season is from October to March.

Harrison Hospital works closely with the Kitsap County Health Department to track cases of the flu. So far, the health department hasn’t contacted Harrison at all about flu cases.

One of the barometers the health department uses to assess flu conditions is by tracking the number of children who miss school due to illness. So far, that indicator has not raised a red flag. This is right on line with how things were going last year.

“We’re not seeing anything (flu-like) as of yet,” she said. “It was the same this time of the year last year. There’s no big difference from one year to the

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