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Person dies from flu in Monroe County

The Monroe County Department of Health cited the death in a report on flu cases that was released through Dec. 30, 2017. (SBG file photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - One person has died as a result of the flu in Monroe County.

The Monroe County Department of Health cited the death in a report on flu cases that was released through Dec. 30, 2017.

The identity of the person was died has not been released, although they were confirmed to be between the ages of 50 and 64.

"We're always concerned about the flu," said Monroe County Health Commissioner Michael Mendoza.

As of Dec. 30, there were 607 confirmed cases of the flu. Of those, 175 cases resulted in people being hospitalized.

Ontario, Wayne, Erie, Genesee Counties report there have been no flu deaths at this time.

A recent study suggests those who do get vaccinated each year are less likely to die or end up in the hospital.

"What we do know though is the flu shot that you got, even though it's a little less effective, it's certainly more effective than the flu shot you didn't get," Dr. Mendoza said.

Mendoza is urging people, if they haven't done so already, to get a flu shot - particularly the elderly and small children.

"At this point, we want to prevent everybody from getting too sick, and certainly dying," said Mendoza.

A high number of families have been visiting their pediatricians for flu symptoms, the stomach bug, strep throat and coughing illnesses.

"My four-year-old daughter has had a high fever, body aches and the chills for the past few days," said Katie Decker.

"Coming back from the holidays, when kids are back into school, for whatever reason, they tend to bring a lot of different bugs with them," said Megan Lasaponara of English Road Pediatrics.

"She's in preschool; she's in dance," Decker said. "So she's around a lot of germs and, you know, just trying to keep her as comfortable as possible."

Also, for children: Stay hydrated and use a spoonful of honey to soothe a cough - but only if they are older than a year.

Again, doctors are emphasizing the importance of handwashing at this time of year.

Last week, the Department of Health in Monroe County called the level of flu cases "high," more than doubling from the previous week.

Between December 23 and December 30, the number of confirmed cases nearly doubled again - rising from 365 to 607.

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