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Latest Monroe County flu numbers: 6 deaths so far this season

The number of deaths in Monroe County this flu season has risen to 6. It was at 2 a week ago.

The latest numbers from the county health department shows that all of the deaths were in people aged 50 and over.

So far, there have been more than 2,400 lab-confirmed cases of the flu, with 335 people hospitalized.

Those numbers are still behind last year, which was a particularly bad flu season. Last year at this time, Monroe County had recorded 11 deaths, with more than 4,400 lab-confirmed cases of the flu and more than 800 hospitalizations.

Health officials say it is not too late to get a flu shot since the season usually runs right through April.

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.