More than a thousand cases of the flu have been reported in Oneida County. The flu season shows no sign of slowing down, and parts of the country may even be experiencing a second wave of the flu.
In Oneida County there have been 1,242 reported cases of the flu, with 387 of those occurring just in the last week alone.
In Herkimer County there have been 302 reported cases, and Otsego County has had 228 cases.
There’s heightened focus on the likeliest of germ spreaders: kids. Schools are scrubbing and sanitizing in a nationwide effort to stop the spread of the virus.
So far, 63 children have died from the flu this season. Pediatricians say they’ve been inundated with panicked moms and dads who are concerned their sick child might have the flu.
"Anybody who gets a fever, cough, cold, sneezing, anything, they're all coming in,” said pediatrician Dr. Shilpa Patel. “And that's fine because you know, a lot of times, I just say to the parents, ‘Look, if you're worried, just bring them in, let me listen to the hearts and lungs and make sure there's no super infection.’”
About half of the children who have needed to be hospitalized from the flu had been healthy previously.