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February 5, 2020 - 3:29pm
posted by Billie Owens in Public Health, flu season, COVID-19, news.

So far, the Chinese pandemic that has millions of people quarantined has not thus far been reported in New York State. But the pesky flu season drags on, and health officials report the influenza season continues now into its ninth week.

For the week ending Jan. 25 alone, there were 60 new cases of flu reported in Genesee County. Of those, 42 were Type A, and 18 were Type B.

The "Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report" from the New York State Department of Health, which covers influenza activity across the state and by county, is published every Thursday during flu season and can be found here for state data and, here for county-by-county statistics.

In regard to another communicable illness, one that is causing global alarm -- "the 2019 Novel (New) CoronaVirus (2019-nCoV)" -- there are no confirmed cases in New York State, according to Nola Goodrich-Kresse, a county public health educator.

More than 50 million people in China in more than a dozen cities are locked down in an effort to contain the virus.

"The Health Departments are monitoring the situation and will be notified if any travelers from China are returning to our area," she writes in an email. "We are encouraging people to take the same prevention steps as recommended for the seasonal flu as we are still in the midst of the flu season."

Those preventative steps are:

  • Get the flu vaccination if you have not done so already;
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • Stay home if you are sick; if you are experiencing difficulty breathing or high fever, contact your primary care provider for further instructions.  Let your primary care provider or if you have to travel by ambulance, emergency services know of your travel history;
  • Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces.

The NYS Department of Health has opened a 2019 Novel (New) CoronaVirus Hotline) for questions or concerns about travel and symptoms at 1-888-364-3065 or you can visit their website here.

October 7, 2008 - 8:29am
posted by Philip Anselmo in Announcements, GCC, flu season.

From Genesee Community College:

Officials at Genesee Community College are pleased to announce that Wyoming County Health Department will be offering the flu shot vaccine to the general public at the Arcade Campus Center on Thursday, November 13, 2008, from 12:00 noon through 3:00 pm.

The cost of the flu shot is $30, however the following insurance programs will be accepted for this treatment: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Univera, Medicare, Independent Health, and Preferred. Please bring your insurance card.

Infants under six-months-old, pregnant women, or anyone receiving radiation treatment, chemotherapy, or have a weakened immune system are not eligible. In addition, any person who is allergic to latex, rubber, or eggs will also not be eligible for the flu vaccine.

The Arcade Campus Center is located at 25 Edward Street in Wyoming County. For further information, please call 585-492-5265.

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