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Staying healthy this cold and flu season

FINGER LAKES--As students and adults return to school and work after the holiday break, Yates County Public Health advises them to take steps to prevent sickness during flu season.
Influenza is officially here. Yates County has had 24 confirmed cases of flu reported so far this season. Local provider offices, hospitals and schools are all reporting increased levels of influenza-like illness.
During winter and spring, illnesses such as the common cold, flu, and gastrointestinal (GI) illness (nausea, vomiting and diarrhea) are most prevalent. Germs that usually cause mild symptoms in a healthy person can cause serious illness in infants and older adults. Taking steps to protect those around you is recommended now and throughout the year.
Here are some tips for keeping your family healthy this flu season:
• Get your flu shot. Everyone six months old and over should have a flu shot every year. Flu season can last into the summer months, so it is never too late.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water and help young children to do the same.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
• Avoid close contact with sick people.
• While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from spreading germs.
• Those sick with flu-like illness should stay home from work or school for at least 24 hours after fever is gone.
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw out the tissue when you are done.
While there are already a number of people sick, flu season is just getting started. Make sure your family is protected. If you do get sick, seek medical attention for severe illness, and to find out if you need antiviral medication.
For more information about cold and flu season please contact Yates County Public Health at 315-536-5160 or visit

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