(WBNG) — Health officials say flu season is far from over in Broome County and they’re seeing an additional strain pop up in our area.
Public Health Nurse Marianne Yourdon says our area was experiencing the H1N1 strain, the one that caused the pandemic a few years back in 2009.
She says it peaked back in early February, but we’re not out of the woods and could see more peaks.
Now, she says we’re seeing the H3N2 strain, “which is usually a more severe flu and that’s the season that predominated last year when we had a really bad season,” said Yourdon.
While it’s the same symptoms like fever, cough, and fatigue, she says the illness can escalate requiring hospitalization.
To keep yourself safe, Yourdon says it’s not too late to get your flu shot.
Other tips include eating healthy, getting enough sleep and exercise and maintaining a good support system.