Updated flu numbers for Oneida, Herkimer, Otsego counties

Doctors say the vaccine lessens the severity of the flu, even if you catch the virus after getting the shot.

Posted: Feb 15, 2019 1:04 PM
Updated: Feb 15, 2019 5:26 PM

Although the flu season isn’t technically over, the effectiveness of the flu vaccine has improved since last season.

The CDC estimated effectiveness at 47 percent, which is an improvement by about 7 percent, but the shot's success varies based on your age.

Overall effectiveness against flu was 61 percent for children up to age 17, hile just 24 percent of adults 50 and older who received the shot gained protection against infection.

Herkimer County is now at 192 cases of flu, last week they were at 150 according to the health department.

In Oneida County, there were 169 new case the week of February 2. The most recent week  added 137 cases. So far this season, that's a total of 728 flu cases in Oneida County, compared to 1,722 cases by this time last year.

Otsego County is seeing a total of 217 flu cases since the start of the season in October.

Health officials say there is generally a spike in either January or February.

And to avoid catching the flu make sure you are washing your hands thoroughly and covering your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.

Flu activity is widespread in at least 47 states.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 394954

Reported Deaths: 32064
CountyConfirmedDeaths
New York City21590223123
Nassau419102184
Suffolk414911981
Westchester349121426
Rockland13612668
Orange10744478
Erie7370634
Dutchess4225151
Monroe3833266
Onondaga2897184
Albany2125121
Ulster179086
Oneida167290
Sullivan145345
Putnam133263
Niagara124888
Schenectady81637
Broome72958
Rensselaer55628
Saratoga55514
Columbia47237
Madison35917
Orleans28251
Ontario2689
Steuben26841
Warren26430
Fulton26024
Greene26018
Washington24614
Genesee2385
St. Lawrence2202
Oswego2063
Tompkins1780
Wayne1763
Herkimer1643
Chenango1485
Chemung1442
Tioga14324
Livingston1308
Chautauqua1277
Cattaraugus1246
Cayuga1192
Montgomery1194
Clinton1014
Wyoming955
Delaware914
Jefferson900
Otsego845
Seneca700
Allegany620
Schoharie580
Cortland470
Yates466
Essex420
Franklin320
Lewis300
Schuyler130
Hamilton60
Unassigned00
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