Influenza in New York State (NYS) has been widespread for the past two months and is significantly more prevalent at this time of year as compared to the past several years. To date there have been more than 19,000 laboratory-confirmed cases reported since seasonal influenza testing began in October 2012 compared to 4,400 cases during all of the 2011-12 influenza season. Currently, there have been 2,884 laboratory confirmed hospitalizations associated with influenza and 2 reported pediatric influenza-related deaths in NYS.
In light of the widespread influenza activity across NYS and most of the nation, The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) continues to strongly advise all New Yorkers who have not already received their influenza vaccine (flu shot) to do so immediately.
The Flu shot is recommended for all persons over the age of 6 months. Influenza is easily spread and if you have not received your Flu shot you are susceptible to getting the Flu. One in five people are at risk of contracting this virus and passing it along to their loved ones. Getting vaccinated is the best way to stop the spread of Influenza.
Schuyler County Public Health will be holding walk in clinics for flu shots Tuesday’s from 4:30pm -6 pm and Friday’s from 2 pm – 4pm for everyone 6 months of age and older during the month of January. Cost of the vaccine is $30 or no cost for Medicare, Fidelis and certain eligible children.