WC has the highest increase in flu cases this year

WC has the highest increase in flu cases this year

WC has the highest increase in flu cases this year

If you have not yet gotten your flu shot, you may want to consider adding that to your to-do list, as cases of the virus are rising in New York state, according to the New York Department of Health.

During the 2017-2018 flu season, over 300 flu related deaths were reported in Indiana.

New York City and nine states (Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New Jersey, South Carolina, and Virginia) experienced moderate activity, according to the latest numbers. New cases of influenza were reported in 58 out of New York's 62 counties. They are Wyoming, Yates and Seneca counties, and Hamilton County in the Adirondacks.

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Officials say the number of people hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed flu was 363 this past week, a 41 percent increase over the previous week. Everyone 6 months and older are recommended to get the annual flu vaccine, especially those who are more vulnerable or at high risk.

The CDC says it is seeing an uptick in the number of flu cases across the country. To date, there are already 11 pediatric deaths recorded for the 2018-2019 flu season. The CDC reported six pediatric deaths, 4,310 infectionsand 18 weeks of widespread outbreaks. 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.

Health officials said most people are testing positive for Influenza A H1N1.

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■ 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. Choose a product with at least 60 percent alcohol. "We extend our deepest sympathies to the child's family and hope we can help people understand that flu is a serious illness".

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