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Health Department: Influenza No Longer Prevalent In New York

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The State Health Department says influenza is “no longer prevalent” in New York.

Flu activity in the state peaked during the week ending February 23, when there were more than 9,600 laboratory-confirmed cases in one week.

As of April 27, more than 106,000 lab-confirmed cases and more than 18,000 hospitalizations.

The official downgrade to “no longer prevalent” means that healthcare workers who are not vaccinated against the flu are no longer required to wear masks in areas where patients are typically present.

“Although influenza is no longer prevalent in New York State, flu season is not over yet,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. “It is still imperative that New Yorkers get vaccinated to protect themselves and their loved ones from the flu and take appropriate precautions such as staying home from work or school if they are sick.”

This information, as well as other data regarding the current and previous influenza seasons, is available on the New York State Flu Tracker.

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