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Flu levels 'high' in Monroe County, says Health Dept.

The Monroe County Department of Health said flu cases are at a "high level" in Monroe County, more than doubling in the last week. (Photo: WSTM)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - The Monroe County Department of Health said flu cases are at a "high level" in Monroe County, more than doubling in the last week.

As of December 23, 365 cases of the flu have been confirmed in Monroe County. Of those cases, 109 people have been hospitalized.

Monroe County Senior Public Health Educator John Ricci says the actual number is likely much higher as physicians sometimes diagnose based upon symptoms, and do not confirm it with a laboratory test.

Flu cases typically slowly grow from October and can last through May. Peak flu season is described by health officials as in January or February.

"Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently, stay home from work or school if sick, and be sure to cover your cough to prevent spreading germs to family and friends,” said Dr. Michael Mendoza, Monroe County Health Commissioner. “These precautions are particularly important if you have infants or older individuals in your household."

Symptoms of the flu are typically a fever, body aches, cough, and fatigue. People can spread the flu a day before symptoms begin and while they are sick. People typically get sick within 1-2 days after being exposed.

Most major pharmacies and physician practices still have the flu vaccine, so if it is possible to get yourself vaccinated, doctors recommend you do so.

Visitor restrictions are going into effect at UR Medicine and Rochester Regional Health facilities.

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