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Flu Widespread in NY

Written By: Kellie Meyer
Flu Widespread in NY

February 19, 2014

SOUTHERN TIER (WENY) -- The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) reports that influenza (flu) is widespread in New York State. Widespread, is defined as increased or sustained numbers of lab confirmed cases of influenza reported in at least 31 of 62 counties. Flu was reported in 53 counties including Tompkins, and all 5 boroughs of New York City for the week ending February 8th.
     Laboratory confirmed cases however, do not reflect prevalence since not everyone visits a doctor when they have the flu and most diagnoses are made clinically and not through laboratory confirmation.
     The predominant circulating type is A(H1) which is contained in this season's vaccine. It is important to know that influenza continues to affect people in the 18 to 49 year age range the hardest.
     The Tompkins County Health Department urges everyone (6 months of age and above) to get the flu vaccine. It's not too late. Call the Health Department at (607) 274-6616 to make an appointment for a flu vaccination.
     Remember to wash your hands frequently, cover sneezes and coughs and stay home if you're sick to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses including the flu.
     For more information: www.tompkinscountyny.gov/health, www.cdc.gov/flu, www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/influenza/seasonal/