Commissioner Declares "Flu Is Prevalent" In New York State

Dec 30, 2016, 00:30
Commissioner Declares

Howard Zucker declared influenza prevalent in NY.

An average of 9,800 hospitalizations were reported in the last three flu seasons.

The announcement means that health-care workers who are not vaccinated against the flu must now wear surgical masks in areas where patients are present, the Health Department said.

Wisconsin health officials say flu cases are on the rise and they are urging people to take precautions like getting a flu shot.

So far, 39 people in the state have been hospitalized with the flu.

State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker declared influenza prevalent in NY on Wednesday, triggering a requirement for health workers who are not vaccinated against flu to wear surgical masks in areas where patients are likely to be.

"While getting the flu shot may not keep you from getting the flu, it will limit the severity and duration of the illness, and provide you with some protection against future infections in subsequent seasons", Harrod said in a university news release.

This year's flu shot covers the most common circulating strains of the flu.

The state recommended everyone six months of age or older receive a flu vaccination. Vaccination is more important for people with weakened immune systems, as well as those who are pregnant, elderly or live with or care for others at high risk. The Health Department has a pay scale based on income to determine how much you will be charged.

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