Sharp rise in flu cases across NY

Sharp rise in flu cases across NY

In the Hudson Valley, Westchester has the most documented cases at 98, followed by 36 in Dutchess County, 32 in Orange County, 24 in Rockland County, six in Ulster County, four in Putnam County and three in Sullivan County.

Health officials urged people to get vaccinated for the flu. There have been 11 total flu-related deaths among children in the 2018-2019 season.

The Alabama Department of Public Health in reports said about half of the state experienced significant flu activity last week.

As of the week ending December 22, nine states are experiencing high flu activity - Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico and SC - as well as New York City. Earlier this year, Cuomo signed an executive order allows pharmacists to administer flu vaccines to children from 2 to 18.

The 2017-2018 flu season was the most deadly in decades with more than 80,000 deaths, including 185 pediatric flu deaths.

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CDC reports a national uptick in the number of flu cases
Officials are urging everyone to get a flu shot, but according to the CDC, only around 40 percent of Americans will do so. The 2017-2018 flu season was the most deadly in decades with more than 80,000 deaths, including 185 pediatric flu deaths.

There were a total of 1,047 laboratory confirmed flu-related hospitalizations from October 1 to December 22, with the highest rate of the hospitalizations occurring in patients 0 to 4 years of age, followed by adults 65 years old and above.

This influenza season, New York has had 5,400 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza in 58 counties, including all five boroughs of New York City. This announcement put into effect a regulation requiring that healthcare workers who are not vaccinated against influenza wear surgical or procedure masks in areas where patients are typically present.

- Federal authorities are reporting widespread flu activity across the country and two states with especially high levels.

"You can not get the flu from the flu vaccine".

Hand-washing, staying away from sick people and avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth can help prevent the flu. People with the flu are infectious for up to 7 days after symptoms begin.

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