Health officials: Flu is 'widespread' in Onondaga County
SYRACUSE, N.Y. —
The Onondaga County Health Department says the flu is widespread in the county.
Health officials say 657 cases of the flu have been reported in the county between October 2017 and January 7, 2018.
"Emergency rooms of local area hospitals are reporting more cases of flu or influenza like illnesses (ILI) along with a high number of flu-associated hospitalizations," the health department said in a release. "The current prevalent circulating virus is flu A (H3N2), a strain which is included in this year's vaccine. In the past, A(H3N2)-predominant flu seasons have been associated with more severe illness, especially in persons aged 65 years and older and young children."
Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr. Indu Gupta is urging county residents to stay home if they are sick, call their healthcare provider immediately if they think they have the flu and to get the flu shot if they haven't already.
The health department also asks people who have not received the flu shot this year to contact their healthcare provider. The county also provides free flu shots for uninsured and underinsured people in the county each Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon in room 30 of the John H. Mulroy Civic Center. People interested are directed to call 315-435-2000 for more information.