Flu lays low locally
With the flu season more than half over, it appears Washington County residents may escape this year's bug relatively unscathed.
The influenza season extends from December through February, and sometimes into March, according to Washington County Health Officer Dr. Robert Parker.
School absenteeism is used as a measure of the severity of the flu season. Local schools report to the county health department when their absentee rates due to illness reach 10 percent, Parker said.
"This year in December, no schools reported absenteeism over 10 percent. There were 10 (schools reporting) in December a year ago," he said.