New York State and Long Island are seeing increases in Flu Cases
The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) collects, compiles, and analyzes information on influenza activity year round in New York State (NYS) and produces this weekly report during the influenza season (October through the following May).
Monitor Flu Cases being Reported in the United States – Visit: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/usmap.htm
What can you do to help protect yourself from getting AND spreading the flu?
- Unlike some viruses, influenza is easily killed by soap and hot water.
- Wash your hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds to protect yourself from germs and avoid spreading them to others.
- Get vaccinated.
- Carry an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to use when soap and water are not available. Choose a product with at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Do not cough or sneeze into your hands. Instead, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.
- REMEMBER – the FLU virus thrives in COLD weather!
- If you have been diagnosed with the flu by your doctor… STAY HOME! People with the flu are infectious for up to 7 days after symptoms begin.
The Flu can have devastating results.
While the flu has similar symptoms as the common cold—sore throat, cough, and a runny nose—the flu can result in far more devastating consequences (even death) to infants and anyone who is immunocompromised. This is especially true among seniors, who are most vulnerable to this illness. Please visit Aging.com’s https://www.aging.com/a-guide-to-the-seasonal-flu-for-seniors/ to learn more.
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