Flu Cases Continue To Rise

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New York state and Jefferson County are continuing to see high numbers of flu cases.

As of January 19, the state reported 22,034 laboratory-confirmed cases.

That's 5,257 new cases in a week - 20 percent increase.

Four children have died from influenza, including one within the last week.

In Jefferson County, 698 cases of influenza have been laboratory-confirmed as of January 19.

Public Health Services said it had 685 confirmed flu cases on January 11.
 
There have been no pediatric deaths in Jefferson County.  
 
Influenza A continues to be the most common flu reported.

The Influenza A virus circulating remains a good match to the 2012-2013 vaccine available.

Vaccination remains the key to preventing the spread of flu to family, friends, and coworkers. 

The JCPHS urges everyone 6 months of age and older to receive an influenza vaccination.
 
For  locations of where to receive a vaccination go to www.jcphs.org, click on the vaccine finder link, enter your zip code and find where vaccine is available.  

See JCPHS news release
 

Monday, July 28, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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