State health officials reported a decrease in the amount of flu cases across New York last week for the first time since the illness was declared ‘widespread’ back in December.
Lab-confirmed cases statewide are down 17% and weekly hospitalizations down 23% drop, however the latest numbers also include three new pediatric deaths, bringing that to a total of six this season.
Currently, there are 129 lab confirmed cases in Cortland County, with no changes reported last week.
“Even though the number of flu cases has declined, sadly, we experienced three flu-associated pediatric deaths this week and flu activity is still widespread in New York State,” said DOH Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. “People should continue to remain vigilant by getting vaccinated and take other preventive steps to avoid getting the flu.”
CDC estimates show the 2019-20 flu vaccine is reducing doctor visits associated with the illness by 45 percent overall and 55 percent in children, which is consistent from previous seasons that ranged from 40 – 60 percent.
The most lab-confirmed flu cases ever reported in New York during a single flu season was 128,892 in 2017-18.
There are 121,088 so far this season, with flu season typically running through May.