Flu cases tapering off in county

It appears the flu season is tapering off in Marshall County, Public Health Nurse Pat Thompson told the Board of Health during its meeting Tuesday.

Thompson said the peak of the flu season was earlier this year and unfortunately the coverage rate of the vaccination this wasn’t what they expected.

“Coverage isn’t as high as we’d love to tell people,” Thompson said.

Board member Dr. David Thomas said they have been having meetings looking into the possibility of joining with other counties and forming a district board of health instead of the county model. While the potential to streamline costs and pool funding resources is there to join with other counties, there is also potential of losing the local impact of the board.

“I just don’t want us to lose our purpose here,” said Deanna Bachman, chair of the board.

The idea of going to a district board is still in the early stages.

Thomas recommended the board look into a strategic planning in the future to find out what they want for Marshall County, which would help them make a decision on the future of the board.

In other discussion, Thompson said the federal budget sequestration won’t appear to have any impact on county health department budgets anytime soon.

The next meeting of the Board of Health is at 10 a.m. May 14 at the courthouse.