The state Department of Health announced Thursday that the flu virus is prevalent in New York state.
Health care workers, who are not vaccinated, are now required to wear a surgical procedure mask around patients.
The department has also launched a flu tracker that allows people to stay up-to-date about flu rates in their county. The tracker displays the number of confirmed flu cases in your area.
Department reps say there have been over 3,000 flu cases in the state so far this season, 25 of those cases have been confirmed in Oneida County.
The best protection against contracting influenza includes:
• Frequent and thorough hand washing
• Covering all coughs and sneezes. If you don’t have a handkerchief or a tissue, use the crook of your arm, not your hand
• Staying home from work, school or social events if you have a fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and pains or other symptoms such as nausea or vomiting sometimes associated with influenza
• Avoiding people exhibiting symptoms of a flu-like illness.
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