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Flu season is here: What local region has been labeled a ‘hot spot’ already?

Flu season is here.

Several regions across the state have been identified as ‘flu hot spots’. Central New York is the region closest to the Finger Lakes that has been labeled as such.

There have been approximately 600 confirmed cases of flu so far. However, experts are warning that its very early in flu season. So that number is expected to rise significantly in the coming weeks.

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Dr. William Valenti of Trillium Health recently told News10NBC that getting the flu vaccine sooner-than-later is important.

“This is a good time to get the flu vaccine,” he said, encouraging New Yorkers to not wait. “Many people like to wait until later in the season, because the protection of the flu vaccine doesn’t always last for the whole year, but it maybe a little shorter. The idea though is you want to be able to have protection when you need it, and this is the time to do it.”

Health officials are also concerned about the prospect of flu season and a COVID spike this winter occurring at the same time, putting hospitals under further stress.



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