Influenza (flu) activity continues to decline, and is no longer widespread in New York State.
The flu is not just a really bad cold. It is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It spreads between people and can cause mild to severe illness. In some cases, the flu can lead to death. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others.
In the United States, flu season occurs in the fall and winter. Seasonal flu activity usually peaks in January or February, but it can occur as early as October and as late as May.
Getting the flu vaccine is the main way to prevent the flu and its complications. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine every year.
There are no Rockland County Department of Health flu vaccine clinics scheduled at this time. The Health Department plans to hold flu vaccine clinics again in September 2015. Check back here or call the Health Department at 845-364-2520 in the fall for more information.
For more information about the flu and the flu vaccine visit these websites:
To download or order educational posters and brochures (in multiple languages) visit www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/influenza/seasonal/educational_materials.htm