Hochul encourages NYers to get flu shot, COVID vaccine

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On Wednesday, Governor Kathy Hochul Wednesday released a new public service announcement encouraging New Yorkers to get both a flu and COVID-19 vaccine, according to information from her office.

The COVID-19 vaccine and/or a booster dose can be received at the same time as the seasonal flu shot.

Flu season occurs primarily from October through May, often peaking between December and February.

“The State Health Department recommends that everyone six months of age or older receive an influenza vaccination. The vaccine is especially important for people at high risk for complications from influenza, including children under age 2, pregnant women and adults over age 65,” a release from Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office notes, “People with preexisting conditions such as asthma and heart disease are also at greater risk, as are individuals with weakened immune systems due to disease or medications such as chemotherapy or chronic steroid use. Since influenza virus can spread easily by coughing or sneezing, it is also important that family members and people in regular contact with high-risk individuals get an influenza vaccine.”

On Tuesday, there were 72 new cases of COVID-19 and two new virus-related deaths in Oneida County. The positivity rate for the county was 4.5%.

There were 58 Oneida County residents hospitalized (32 unvaccinated/26 vaccinated) with 30 at Mohawk Valley Health System, 17 at Rome Health and 11 out of the county. The positivity rate for the Mohawk Valley was 5.13%

COVID-19 information links

• In Oneida County, vaccine appointments and walk-ins are available at county-operated sites. To book an appointment, visit www.ocgov.net.

• Scheduling a vaccine appointment can also be completed at: vaccines.gov.

• COVID-19 case numbers and vaccination rates are available on Oneida County’s online Dashboard at: https://bit.ly/3A85tLp

• To see COVID-19 information for Madison County, visit: https://on.ny.gov/3je8vr0

• The New York State Department of Health offers statewide information on COVID-19 at: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov

• To see a state compiled COVID-19 breakthrough data report, which displays COVID-19 breakthrough cases, hospitalizations and in-depth data over time, visit: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/covid-19-breakthrough-data-report

• To see the states collection of data on COVID-19 variants, visit: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/covid-19-variant-data

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