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Local officials describe flu season as ‘pretty bad’ in Ontario County

Flu season is here and it’s in full-swing.

Public Health Director Mary Beer, who serves in Ontario County, says it’s been a ‘pretty bad’ flu season – by comparison to other years.

“The message is the same it is every year,” Beer told The Canandaigua Messenger. “Wash your hands, stay home if you’re sick. If you have a fever, you shouldn’t be going to work.”

She said getting a flu shot is exceptionally important, too.

Beer said the number of cases really spiked after the holiday season.

There have been 663 lab-confirmed cases of flu. That’s higher than average, but across the state there have been more than 106,000 cases confirmed.

David Hubble, lieutenant for the Canandaigua Emergency Squad, tells The Canandaigua Messenger that they’ve also seen a lot of patients with ‘flu like symptoms’.

“It definitely peaks around this time of year,” he said.



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