There’s good news and bad news so far this flu season
A review of health tracking data by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield says there are more than a thousand fewer cases of flu so far this season in New York than at this point last flu season.
Experts say that means this year’s vaccine has been very effective.
The bad news, the report says, is that only about one in three upstate New York adults regularly get their flu vaccine.
For young children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems, the flu virus can be deadly, and it isn’t always obvious who is vulnerable.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last year’s flu and complications from it killed 80,000 people — the highest national influenza death toll in 40 years.