A public health nurse demonstrates drawing flu vaccine from a...

A public health nurse demonstrates drawing flu vaccine from a bottle. (Jan. 10, 2013) Credit: AP

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein announced Wednesday that reported cases of influenza continue to be widespread throughout the county.

“Getting vaccinated is the single best way for people to protect not only themselves against the flu but their loved ones as well,” Mangano said.

Eisenstein said the vaccination “is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. Once vaccinated, it takes about two weeks for the body’s immune response to fully kick in.”
Flu season generally runs from October through May.

Health officials said there were 1,463 cases of Influenza A and 625 cases of Influenza B confirmed in Nassau last season. As of Dec. 31, there have been 1,214 cases of Influenza A and 193 cases of B.

“The virus poses a more serious risk for individuals younger than age 2 and those over 50, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems or chronic medical conditions,” Eisenstein said.

He and Mangano urged precautions, including: avoid close contact with sick people or with others if you are sick; stay home when you’re sick; cover your mouth and nose when sneezing; clean your hands often; avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth as much as possible; and get plenty of sleep, be physically active, drink plenty of fluids, eat nutritious foods and manage your stress.

Above: Nassau County Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein.

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