Oswego County Reports 500+ Flu Cases This Season

Oswego County Reports 500+ Flu Cases This Season

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More than 500 lab-confirmed cases of the flu have been reported in Oswego County this year. That compares to 178 cases last year during the same time period, officials said.

Regional hospitals have reported that two older Oswego County residents have died from complications from the flu. Both people had been vaccinated for the flu and had other health complications.

A third resident, who had not been vaccinated, is hospitalized in critical condition, officials said.

Last week, the county saw a 57 percent increase in the number of reported cases of flu, compared to the previous week. Officials said the vast majority of reported cases – 78 percent - are in residents who have not been vaccinated for the flu this season.

The Oswego County Health Department is urging residents to get a flu shot.

The County Health Department offers walk-in flu clinics at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego, weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.  The cost of the influenza vaccination is $41 for adults and children, and $66 for anyone over 65 years of age requesting the High Dose Flu Vaccine. Please bring all shot records to the immunization clinics.

For more information, contact the Oswego County Health Department weekdays at 315-349-3547.

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