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Flu circulating at 'high level' in Monroe County
« on: September 29, 2020, 02:38:03 AM »
Flu circulating at 'high level' in Monroe County
Updated: December 30, 2019 05:08 PM
Created: December 30, 2019 12:37 PM
ROCHESTER, N. Y.  (WHEC) — Flu is hitting Monroe County at a high level, according to the county health department.

As of Dec.  21, 420 cases of influenza have been reported, with 51 requiring hospitalizations.  Health officials say reported new cases more than doubled from the prior week. 

Flu typically begins to show up in October and can last through May, often peaking in January or February.

“While we are well into flu season, it is circulating at a very high level at this time, so Monroe County residents should be particularly cautious now," Monroe County Health Commissioner Dr.  Michael Mendoza said.  "Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently, stay home from work or school if you are sick, and be sure to cover your cough to prevent spreading germs to family and friends. "

Flu circulating at 'high level' in Monroe County
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Rochester Regional Health announced visitor restrictions Monday in response to the latest data.  Area hospitals with visitor restrictions include Rochester General Hospital and Unity Hospital.

Back in October, health officials confirmed a child four years old or younger died from flu in Monroe County.

Health officials say it is not too late to get vaccinated, and for those who are already sick, health officials say they should see their doctor as soon as possible.

"My advice for people who have influenza like illnesses is to get to your doctor as soon as you can, there is a window of treatment, which is usually 48 to 72 hours for the medication to work," Dr.  Shahab Dian said.

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