Health Dept issues warning as Flu cases rise

Health Dept issues warning as Flu cases rise

East Farmingdale, NY- The number pf people infected with the Flu in New York State has risen 25% over the past week. New York State Department of Health says cases of influenza have risen steadily over the past 25 weeks. State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said, “It is easy to become complacent about the flu when our minds are on the latest COVID-19 wave and with the weather turning warmer,”….”But we know that Influenza rates are climbing alongside Covid-19 cases, so we must be vigilant these next few weeks and take precautions to keep healthy. Wear a mask in indoor public spaces if living in high-risk counties or personally at-risk, and stay home if you feel ill.”

The New York State Department of Health also offered the following guidance to help prevent the spread of influenza in schools:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects.

Read more about the state’s response to the rise in influenza cases, here.

Photo: In this Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, photograph, a shopper passes a sign urging people to get a flu shot outside a Hy-Vee grocery store in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

By Brett Levine