Oneida County sees spike in new flu cases over holidays

Oneida County has seen a recent spike in flu cases over the holiday period, but says the number of cases is still small compared to last year at this time.

Oneida's Director of Health Phyllis Ellis said there were 95 new cases reported over the past few days, bringing the total for this flu season to 134. Ellis said last year at this time there were more than 1,500 confirmed cases.

Ellis said the spike is in part due to large holiday gatherings and many people visiting family members.

The county is reminding people it is still not too late to get the flu shot. Flu season peaks in mid-February, and it takes two weeks to develop immunity after getting the vaccination. Vaccines are recommended for anyone over the age of six months.

Walk-in clinics are held at 406 Elizabeth Street in Utica on Mondays and Thursdays and at 300 W. Dominick Street in Rome on Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. No appointments are necessary.