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Flu cases continue to rise in Monroe County; the number of deaths is up to 11

The latest numbers on the flu in Monroe County show that they have not peaked yet. That according to John Ricci, a spokesman for the county’s Department of Public Health.

The latest data does show two more deaths related to the flu, for a total of 11 so far this season. The latest reported deaths both involved people age 75 or older.

The information from the county also shows there were 703 new cases in the week ending February 3rd.  Monroe County has seen 3,715 confirmed cases of influenza so far this season. The season began on October 1st.

Health Department spokesman John Ricci says it is not too late to get vaccinated if you haven’t received the flu vaccine yet.

He also says adults who are sick should be especially careful around infants, since they cannot be vaccinated under 6 months old.

And Ricci says in general, frequent handwashing this time of year is important as well as staying home from work or school if you are ill, to keep these viruses from spreading.

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Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.