NYS DOH Commissioner's Memo- Influenza Virus & Other New Initiatives

Lisa Volk in Clinical & Quality

Influenza has been geographically widespread in New York for the last six weeks. As of January 20, 2018, 25,137 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza have been reported and 7,101 people have been hospitalized in New York State. One pediatric flu death has been reported. As we all know, adults over the age of 65, people with certain chronic medical conditions, young children, and pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to contracting the flu virus. As a reminder, when clinical assessment indicates the flu, initiating antiviral treatment within 48 hours of symptom onset is recommended for maximum efficacy.

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Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15