COVID-19 vaccinations on the rise, influenza numbers on the decline

Respitory virus surveillance report showing a decreased amount of infulenza during 2020/2021.

2021 thus far, has been a year seeing COVID-19 vaccination numbers rising each day, while COVID-19 numbers are going down in the area, it seems Influenza rates are down too.

The St. Croix County COVID-19 Dashboard lists the number of St. Croix County residents that have received a COVID-19 vaccine and how many completed their vaccination. The two approved vaccines currently distributed in the county, Pfizer and Moderna, require two does to be most effective. The dashboard currently breaks down the number vaccines administered to residents by “first dose” and “completed”. These numbers are updated Monday through Friday (typically before Noon) and will be current as of the previous day.

17,108 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to St. Croix County residents as of February 25. This number includes vaccines administers to residents from all vaccine providers. Of this number 11,202 have received their first dose and 5,881 have completed the series. Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix Counties are working closely with local hospitals and health systems to ensure that everyone who wants a vaccine can get vaccinated. “We are moving as fast as the vaccine supply will allow and we are asking for everyone’s patience,” said Adam Kastonek, St. Croix County Public Information Officer.

Meanwhile, it seems Influenza lying low this year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), seasonal Influenza activity in the United States remains lower than usual for this time of year.

Although Flu activity is unusually low at this time, the CDC said it still might increase in the coming months. An annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect against Flu and its potentially serious complications.

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