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Seasonal Influenza (Flu)

INFLUENZA, or the flu, can cause mild to severe illness, with symptoms commonly including fever or feeling feverish or having chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue (tiredness), and vomiting and diarrhea. Flu viruses are highly contagious, spread from person to person mainly by tiny droplets from coughing, sneezing, or talking.

2023-2024 Flu Season

NYS produces a weekly report during the influenza season (October through the following May). The update for the week ending May 18, 2024 was the final update provided by the NYS Department of Health for the 2023-2024 flu season. The NYS Influenza Surveillance Report for May 18 can be found here (PDF). Follow this link for the NYSDOH Influenza Activity, Surveillance and Reports web page.

Immunization and vaccination information.

Vaccination is the best protection against getting the flu — it protects not only you but also limits the spread of flu to your loved ones and others. The flu can make even healthy people very sick and cause serious complications in children younger than 5, pregnant women, people 65 years and older, and people with certain chronic health conditions.

Flu vaccines are now available at many locations throughout our community, including healthcare provider offices, pharmacies, and clinics.

Links to flu shot or vaccination pages for local pharmacies.
(Subject to change. Links last verified 5/6/24.)

Immunization clinics at TCWH

We serve community members with no insurance, or with Medicaid or a Medicaid managed care plan. TCWH also schedules mobile flu clinics and in-home visits for homebound residents. Visit our immunizations page for details.

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Flu Facts

Learn your Flu Facts.
Dr. Cynthia Leifer, Cornell Professor of Immunology, gives you the facts about the flu.


Want to beat the flu? Here’s what you can do: 



Everyone over 6 months old should be immunized. Call your physician or pharmacy to find out where you can get a flu shot. Or, enter your zip code in the Flu Vaccine Finder, above. When you get vaccinated, you not only reduce your risk of getting the flu, you reduce the risk to those around you. That's because even if you don't have symptoms — you're not sick — you may still be carrying the virus that could infect others.



Sneeze in your sleeve! Keep your hands clean by directing your cough or sneeze to your sleeve inside your elbow.



Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds (about the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice.) Teach your children to do this and set a good example by doing it yourself.



Get plenty of rest, eat nutritious foods, stay physically active.



Flu is easily spread from person to person. If you’re sick, protect others by staying home and getting well. You’ll appreciate it when others do the same.

Image of Cold-or-Flu chart from CDCAdditional Seasonal Flu Resources


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