People are usually not contagious five to seven days after the flu symptoms start.
There have been upwards of 6,300 confirmed cases of flu so far this season in Alberta.
"With flu cases on the rise, New Yorkers should take steps to get vaccinated and protect themselves and their loved ones", Gov. Cuomo said.
"Flu is hard to predict", said ODH Medical Director Dr. Clint Koenig.
Health officials urged New Yorkers to get vaccinated against flu if they haven't already.
The flu vaccine is still available.
In both Kentucky and OH, influenza has been considered "widespread" by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which means the flu has been reported in at least half of the regions of the states.
"We're getting reports every single day about positive flu cases", said Fleming County Health Department Director Stephanie Fryman. Can it make you sick?
According to CDH, vaccine effectiveness against Influenza A has been around 30 percent but effectiveness against other strands circulating has been about 50 to 60 percent. These could all be signs of risky complications from flu. Dr. Karen Landers, pediatrician with ADPH, states, "While much of the information for antiviral use has been for high risk patients, antiviral medication can be prescribed early in the course of the illness in otherwise healthy persons as determined by the clinical judgment of the healthcare provider".
But why does it seem like the flu shot isn't working this year? "With flu it's typical to have chills, high fever, muscle aches, and feel very poorly", says Andrew Pavia, M.D., professor of pediatrics and medicine at the University of Utah and a spokesman for Infectious Diseases Society of America. For those at increased risk of complications-young children, older adults, pregnant women, and those with one of the chronic conditions noted above-contact your doctor's office if you suspect you have the flu so that you can get clear instructions for care. "Things like making sure you cover your coughs and sneezes, and also washing your hands really well".
- Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
CLEAN - Wash your hands often.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. "And if you do become sick, be sure you are staying home and not spreading it to others", said Roberts.
CALL - Call or see your doctor if you or your child has a fever greater than 100 degrees.