Flu cases on the rise state-wide, vaccinations urged

Henrietta Brewer
December 30, 2018

Officials are reporting an increase in the flu in every corner of the state.

Cuomo announced that over the past week, cases of influenza in New York State rose by 72 percent, and new cases of influenza were reported in 58 out of 62 counties.

The CDC reports four more children died from the virus last week, bringing the total to at least 11 so far this season.

Last chance to take advantage of our best offer of the year! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports Colorado is now one of two states with the highest level of influenza activity. As of December 22, nine states are experiencing high flu activity, while seven states and Puerto Rico are experiencing moderate flu activity. Donald Lawrenchuk tells WHMI that despite the recent flu-related death in MI, it's not too late to get your flu shot. Some people are at higher risk for complications from the flu, including children younger than 5 years old, particularly those under 2.

At this time, most of the state is experiencing mild flu activity.

"While we're seeing fewer flu cases this season, everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated since the flu season could last through April and even May", Wooten said.

A year ago, Livingston County had almost 700 lab-confirmed cases of flu in what was an especially virulent season. Last flu season was the county's worst in almost 20 years of collecting data, with 342 residents succumbing to flu complications. People with the flu are infectious for up to 7 days after symptoms begin. Westchester is one of the counties with the highest increase in the number of flu cases.

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