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Confirmed cases of flu rising across NY state

Confirmed cases of flu rising across NY state

The restrictions, which limit the number of visitors and prohibit children younger than 12 as well as those who are ill, went into effect last week at St. Peter's Health Partners hospitals, Ellis Hospital and Bellevue Women's Center, and at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady. So far this season more than 1,300 people have been hospitalized with the flu. New cases of influenza were reported in 58 out of New York's 62 counties. Subsequently, the Governor signed legislation codifying this order into law, meaning that now any person age 2 or older can be administered the flu vaccine by a pharmacist.

According to the CDC, there is already widespread flu activity in the United States this flu season.

"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.

The state's southern counties and part of the northeastern area of the state were the only areas with no significant flu activity reported. Over the last three seasons, there have been 19 influenza-associated pediatric deaths in NY and an average of 15,101 influenza-related hospitalizations.

During the last three seasons, there have been 19 influenza-associated pediatric deaths in NY and an average of 15,101 influenza-related hospitalizations.

The state previously reported widespread activity for the week that ended December 15.

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"Influenza can be deadly, especially for the elderly and people with chronic medical conditions", said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county's public health officer.

Unlike some viruses, influenza is easily killed by soap and hot water.

Carry an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to use when soap and water are not available.

Do not cough or sneeze into your hands.

Hand-washing, staying away from sick people and avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth can help prevent the flu.

The flu vaccine has been shown to reduce children's risks of dying from the flu, and reduce flu illnesses, doctor's visits, and missed work or school days.


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