Vermont health officials say the flu is finally slowing down in the state and they believe the outbreak has peaked.
Hundreds of patients have flooded the emergency room of the state's largest hospital since late December. And like other health care facilities in the region, Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington has been maxed out because of influenza.
But now the state is calling the outbreak regional rather than widespread, and Fletcher Allen says it, too, is seeing fewer patients.
"I think that things are trending down a little bit. It doesn't mean that they're gone, but the number of people we're admitting to the hospital is less, though I will say that we admitted somebody yesterday with influenza. But it's clearly trending down. I think that the number of tests we're doing are trending down and the number of positive tests are coming down," said Dr. Christopher Grace, an infectious disease specialist at FAHC.
Grace says this year's flu season is the worst he has seen in years, both in numbers and in severity. He also warns that people can still get the flu through April despite the slowdown in new cases.
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