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.

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