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With high number of flu cases, state to extend surveillance

Posted 5/25/22

Due to an unusually high number of influenza (flu) cases throughout the state currently, the New York State Department of Health will be extending the flu surveillance season indefinitely, according …

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With high number of flu cases, state to extend surveillance

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Due to an unusually high number of influenza (flu) cases throughout the state currently, the New York State Department of Health will be extending the flu surveillance season indefinitely, according to the Oneida County Health Department.

Generally, flu reporting is monitored from October through the end of May, when activity has decreased. However, flu cases remain elevated and widespread. 

During the 2021-2022 flu season, cases showed an unusual decline in January and February and began to rise again in March and April and continue to remain high at this time, a county statement notes.

All persons aged 6 months or older are eligible for vaccination. If individuals have not been vaccinated during this season, the vaccine can be received through the end of June this year. To find a flu vaccine near you, visit: https://www.vaccines.gov/find-vaccines/ or speak with your health care provider.

For more information visit: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/flu/surveillance/.

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