New York State and Long Island are seeing a huge increase in Flu Cases
The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) collects, compiles, and analyzes information on influenza activity year round in New York State (NYS) and produces this weekly report during the influenza season (October through the following May). During the week ending January 13, 2018:
- Influenza activity level was categorized as geographically widespread2
- This is the sixth week that widespread activity has been reported.
- There were 6,083 laboratory-confirmed influenza reports, a 54% increase over last week.
- Of the 2,106 specimens submitted to WHO/NREVSS laboratories, 428 (20.32%) were positive for influenza
What can you do to help protect yourself from getting AND spreading the flu?
- Unlike some viruses, influenza is easily killed by soap and hot water.
- Wash your hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds to protect yourself from germs and avoid spreading them to others.
- Carry an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to use when soap and water are not available. Choose a product with at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Do not cough or sneeze into your hands. Instead, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.
- REMEMBER – the FLU virus thrives in COLD weather!
- If you have been diagnosed with the flu by your doctor… STAY HOME! People with the flu are infectious for up to 7 days after symptoms begin. We are aware that everyone has to work, and you can’t afford to miss a day, but this particular outbreak of the flu is horrible and can be deadly!
To Read More information about the prevention of the flu, and other valuable information please visit: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/influenza/seasonal/