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Flu cases increasing in Oneida County, youngest and oldest the most vulnerable

By JOLEEN FERRIS

ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WKTV) - As Oneida County inches toward the 1,000 mark for confirmed flu cases, a breakdown of the numbers of those afflicted shows that the youngest and oldest among us are most vulnerable.

The latest number of confirmed cases in Oneida County this season: 806.  Of those, 725 are type "A", which is included in this season's vaccine.
   
The largest age group of sufferers is children.  There are 133 sufferers ages 1-4.   Ages 5-9, 110.

The numbers spike again in the 60+ age group, which has 96 sufferers.

County Health Departments say frequent, thorough hand washing and the vaccine are the best bets to beat the flu.

Breakdown of Age Groups Afflicted:

  •      Under age 1: 43
  •      Age 1-4: 133
  •      Age 5-9: 110
  •      Age 10-14:  41
  •      Age 15-19:  38
  •      Age 20-29:  78
  •      Age 30-39:  75
  •      Age 40-49:  49
  •      Age 50-59:  38
  •      Age 60+: 96


     ***No date entered for 101 cases

One week ago, Herkimer County had 21 cases but has since increased to 69 confirmed flu cases.

Otsego County has gone from 2 cases last week to 5 cases.

 

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