Flu is widespread in NY state, health department says

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Flu vaccination can also come in the form of a live-flu mist, but the CDC is not recommending that anyone get that this year because it's been less effective than the shot in recent years. Manufacturing, health care, education, assisted living/memory care and hospitality are just a few of the major industries in our community and all of these business sectors have a shared resource, they all rely on employees to operate.

The agency says there have been over 1,800 confirmed cases of influenza in 54 counties. Her advice includes the CDC recommendation to get a flu shot, but she also adheres to low-tech techniques of contagious disease prevention: "good hand-washing techniques, teaching kids not to share their germs, staying home when you're sick and disinfecting common surfaces", she said. The number and percentage of positive tests for influenza B also remains higher for this time of year compared to the same period during the past seven seasons, with five times the number of cumulative detection compared to the same period during the 2014-15, the report adds.

An increasing trend in flu-related hospitalizations playing out early in the 2017-18 flu season is being seen in Fairfield County. "Viruses mutate, we could see different strains here than they saw during their season".

In the United States last season, overall vaccine effectiveness against all circulating flu viruses was 39 percent.

With flu season upon us, along comes a troubling article in The New England Journal of Medicine. Investigators calculated the annual number of seasonal influenza-related deaths for those 33 countries. Several states are seeing regional influenza activity, according to the CDC's FluView map.

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The flu has not yet made great inroads into Abilene, those following the illness' progress so far say.

Influenza is spread by respiratory droplets released when infected people cough or sneeze nearby or when people touch surfaces or objects contaminated with those infectious respiratory droplets. As of November 25, a total of 142 people tested positive for the flu, up from 96 the week before, according tto the state Department of Public Health.

States with the most "widespread" flu activity, as of December 2, included: Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana.

He says it's not too late to get vaccinated. One false misconception is that an individual can get flu from the vaccine.

For additional information about influenza, including how it is monitored in New York State, visit the Department of Health web page.

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