The latest weekly figures on the flu in Monroe County show an increase in confirmed cases, but no additional deaths.  There have been 9 deaths related to flu so far this season.

The data shows that from January 27th to February 3rd, there were 686 laboratory-confirmed cases of flu, bringing the season total so far to 3,012.

County health department spokesman John Ricci says there’s no sign yet that flu season has peaked.

The latest weekly numbers of the number of flu cases in Monroe show another death, and an increase in the number of confirmed cases overall.

The number of deaths so far this season rose to 9, with the latest person to have died said to be someone between the ages of 50 and 64. Other details are not released. Of the deaths reported so far, all nine were people ages 50 or older.

The Monroe County Health Department also says that the county saw just 2,326  confirmed cases of influenza for the week ending January 27th,  an increase of 609 from the previous week.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News)  State health officials say laboratory-confirmed influenza cases topped 11,000 over the past week, with another 2,200-plus New Yorkers requiring hospitalization because of the flu. 

In releasing the latest flu statistics Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo again urged people to get the flu vaccine. The Democrat says flu cases and hospitalizations ``continue to rise at alarming levels.'' 

Health officials say the total confirmed flu cases during the past week reached 11,683, with 2,221 people hospitalized with confirmed influenza. 

Federal health officials say this year’s flu season is more intense than previous years, and is still getting worse. The CDC predicts that it is on track to equal or surpass the 2014-2015 season, during which 56,000 Americans died.

So why is this year’s flu season worse than usual, and why is the virus more widespread? And how effective is the flu vaccine? Our panelists answer your questions about the flu and treatment, and they discuss new research out of the University of Rochester dedicated to developing a universal flu vaccine. In studio:

  • Dr. Dave Topham, Ph.D., co-director of the New York Influenza Center of Excellence
  • Dr. Brenda Tesini, M.D., assistant professor of infectious diseases in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Dr. Edward Walsh, M.D., unit head of infectious diseases at Rochester General Hospital, and professor of medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center

The latest weekly numbers from the Monroe County Health Department show that three more people died from the flu.

That brings to 8, the number of flu deaths reported so far this season. The latest cases happened in three different age groups, including 50 to 64, 75 to 84 and 85 and older. Last year there were 13 deaths reported attributed to the flu in Monroe County.

The widespread outbreak of the flu has resulted in some changes for local Catholics attending Mass.

In a memo from the Vicar General of the Rochester Catholic Diocese, the Very Reverend Paul Tomasso, there are various protocols that have been outlined.

They include letting parishioners know that they may offer the “Sign of Peace” with a simple nod or bow of the head rather than shake hands. 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News)  Gov. Andrew Cuomo has taken steps to make it easier for New Yorkers to get the influenza vaccine as the flu epidemic continues to spread across the state. 

The Democrat signed an executive order Thursday that allows pharmacists to administer flu vaccines to people ages two to 18. The order suspends a state law that limits the authority of pharmacists to administer vaccines to anyone under age 18. 

The number of flu cases in New York State continues to rise, and the latest figures also show additional deaths related to the flu in Monroe County.

The latest numbers from the Monroe County Health Department show another two deaths tied to the flu; so far this season, there have been a total of five deaths in the county, with four of the deaths involving people 75 years of age or older, and one of the deaths involving someone between the ages of 50 and 64. 

Officials do not release anything more specific about the people who died.

One "Shot" Away From a Stomach Flu Vaccine

May 9, 2012

University of Rochester scientists are gearing up to test a new vaccine designed to stop the norovirus, the microbe behind most cases of what people commonly call the stomach flu.

The U.S. government is keeping a close eye on the vaccine's test study as well. The symptoms include nausea, abdominal cramps and vomiting. The illness usually only lasts a day or two but affects more than 20 million Americans each year.

Flu Season Has Begun

Feb 1, 2012

It's officially flu season in Rochester.  

Doctors have confirmed cases at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Rochester General Health.

Dr. Alexandra Yamshchikov is an Epidemiologist and Infectious Disease Physician at Rochester General.
"If you are blowing your nose or coughing,  go ahead and wash your hands and contain your coughs and sneezes the best that you can. The Center for Disease Control's recommended practice is to make sure you sneeze and cough into the sleeve of your arm."