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Hello holiday, hello flu in the FLX

Flu is on the rise — just in time for the holidays, when people are out and about more than ever. More shopping, parties and family gatherings make for a perfect storm for spreading flu.

Last week, state health officials raised the activity level for this season’s influenza from “sporadic” to “local.” That means more confirmed cases, said registered nurse Cathy Lucas, infection control nurse at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center. She was running the walk-in flu clinic for veterans on Thursday at the VA with registered nurse John Bagley. Also Thursday, Ontario County Public Health released a warning that flu is on the rise and will likely continue to increase with holiday travel and related activities.

“The best protection against flu is vaccination…unvaccinated individuals should seek out flu vaccine from their healthcare provider or local pharmacy,” according to county Public Health.

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