Influenza has arrived in Erie County and has been steadily increasing since mid-December, according to the Erie County Department of Health.
“Our surveillance data show that flu activity is currently widespread in Erie County, throughout New York State and most of the United States," Dr. Gale Burstein, Erie County health commissioner, said in a news release. "It will likely continue to spread before we see the traditional flu season draw to a close.”
Most people with the flu will experience a mild illness and can treat themselves with rest, fluids, and ibuprofen or acetaminophen. If you have the flu, stay at home and rest. Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently.
The health department urges local residents to contact their health care provider or seek care at an urgent care center if they have difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, or dizziness and weakness from possible dehydration.