Flu cases could increase

Although the level of influenza in the state is listed as moderate, health officials say the high level of the disease being seen in the lower 48 may be headed our way.

There's no shortage of flu vaccine in Alaska, as has been reported in much of the rest of the u. s., and a state epidemiologist urged everyone to get a flu shot.

Even if someone is healthy and thinks they can fight off the flu, they may transfer it to people who are not as healthy.

State Epidemiologist Joe McLaughlin said "One of the things I really try to underscore is how serious influenza can be. Many die every year from influenza. Influenza is not just a slightly more severe form of the common cold. It's a whole different disease with high mortality rates."