Flu cases see dramatic decline so far this season

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 December 2020 at 9:25 am

The number of flu cases is down significantly locally and state-wide so far this flu season.

There were 304 flu cases reported statewide in the week ending Dec. 19, compared to 5,297 during the same week last year.

Locally, Orleans County has two reported flu cases so far this season, compared to 266 this time a year ago.

Genesee County also has two reported flu cases 12 weeks into the flu season, compared to 598 during the same time period in 2019.

Wyoming County has six reported cases, compared to 454 a year ago by the third week of December.

The data is available online through the State Department of Health (click here).

The Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments encourage people to get a flu shot now to build up immunity.

“Once you have the flu vaccine, if you do get the flu, research shows that the vaccination reduces the risk of severe illness,” the Health Departments said. “Getting a flu vaccine can save healthcare resources for the care of patients with Covid-19 and other illnesses.”