Local pediatricians say the flu epidemic, that is plaguing the nation, has become widespread in Oneida County.
According to the Oneida County health department, over 500 flu cases have been reported for the entire season.
Pediatricians at Slocum Dickson say the flu season has come on much quicker than in past years.
Dr. Stephen Eadline says that once you have the flu, you are contagious for seven days and there is no specific symptom that identifies whether or not you are contagious.
He says that preventing the flu is almost impossible because people are exposed to it every day.
"It can land on a door knob or a table and it can live there for 24 hours,” Eadline said. “So we go to school or the food store, and people are going to be coughing and sneezing on us, and it's an easily very catchable disease.”
Dr. Eadline stresses the importance of washing your hands as a way to prevent germs from spreading. He also recommends that parents and children, who have the flu, take a week off from school and work.