The flu season is in full swing in the Hudson Valley, with dozens of reported cases currently being treated by doctors in the area.
New York State Department of Health officials announced this week that influenza is spreading rapidly across the state, with some hospitals limiting the visit to prevent the spread of the virus.
The flu season gets underway every year in October, although patients may still be subject to certain strains in September, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC said that the reported cases tend to increase in November before the peak between December and February. The flu season usually lasts until mid-spring. The organization estimates that the influence has resulted in between 9.2 million and 35.6 million diseases each year in the United States and several deaths. Of these diseases, around 9% were hospitalized.
In the Hudson Valley, there are currently 21
A complete dashboard that tracks the flu cases in New York from the Department of Health can be found
The Department of Health noted that "influenza is a contagious respiratory disease caused by influenza viruses. The seasonal flu epidemics occur every year during the colder months." Annual impact of varying influence affects the health of New Yorkers every season.
"Most people who become ill will have a mild illness and will recover in less than two weeks without medical treatment. Some people, like the elderly, children, pregnant women, nursing home residents and people with asthma, lung disease, heart disease, diabetes or obesity are more likely to develop complications related to the flu. "
The CDC recommends that people receive a flu shot by the end of October, although there is still time to get vaccinated. Being vaccinated later, however, can still be useful and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout the flu season, even in January or later.
According to the CDC, influenza infects the respiratory tract. "As the infection progresses, the body's immune system responds to combat the virus.
This causes inflammation that can trigger respiratory symptoms such as cough and sore throat. The immune system's response can also trigger fever and cause muscle or body pain.
When infected people cough, sneeze, or talk, they can spread influenza viruses into respiratory droplets to people in the vicinity. People may also contract the flu by touching a contaminated surface or an object with influenza viruses and touching their mouth or nose.
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