Flu Cases Continue To Rise
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