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TOMPKINS COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Your Partner for a Healthy Community
Frank Kruppa — Public Health Director

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 2, 2014

For more information contact:
Karen Bishop at (607) 274-6616 or Sigrid Connors at 274-6629

Flu Reported In Tompkins County

(Ithaca, N.Y., January 2, 2014) — Seasonal flu has arrived in Tompkins County. Laboratory confirmed cases indicate that there are Tompkins County residents who have become ill with the flu this season. However, these cases do not reflect prevalence since not everyone visits a doctor when they have the flu and most diagnoses are made clinically and not through laboratory confirmation.

The New York State Health Department (NYSDOH) reports that influenza (flu) is widespread in New York State. Widespread is defined as increased or sustained numbers of lab-confirmed cases of influenza reported in at least 31 of 62 counties. Flu was reported in 52 counties including Tompkins and all 5 boroughs of New York City for the week ending December 28, 2013.

The Tompkins County Health Department urges everyone (6 months of age and above) to get the flu vaccine if they haven’t already. It’s not too late. Community members should contact their medical providers or call the Health Department at 274-6616.

The Health Department welcomes walk-ins for a flu vaccination Monday through Friday from January 3 through January 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Appointments may also be made by calling (607) 274-6616.

Flu typically peaks in this region in January or February. As holiday travelers return to the area and school schedules resume, an increase in flu incidence is anticipated.

Remember to wash your hands frequently, cover sneezes and coughs, and stay home if you’re sick to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses including the flu.

For more information: www.tompkins-co.org/health and www.cdc.gov/flu and www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/influenza/seasonal/

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