Updated: December 05, 2019 05:41 PM
Created: December 05, 2019 05:37 PM
(WHEC) — On Thursday, the New York State Department of Health announced the flu is now prevalent in the state.
The declaration means health care workers who are not vaccinated against the flu must wear a mask in areas where patients are present.
State Health Commissioner Doctor Howard Zucker announced the flu is now considered widespread in New York State, with lab-confirmed cases in 42 counties and all boroughs of New York City. For the New York State flu tracker, click here.
So far this season, there have been 691 flu-related hospitalizations in the state and one flu-associated pediatric death.
In October, a child younger than five died from the flu here in Monroe County.
Over the last three seasons, there have been 20 flu-associated pediatric deaths in new york and an average of 18,000 flu-related hospitalizations each season, which is primarily from October through May.
The state issued a reminder for everyone six months old or older to get their flu shots. To find a place nearby to get one, click here.
The flu shot is especially recommended for people at high risk for complications from the flu, including children younger than two years old, pregnant women, and adults older than 65 years old.
To learn how to prevent the spread of the flu, click here.
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