Flu cases are on the rise in our area. The Monroe County Health Department says that there have been more than 900 cases reported since mid-October, with nearly 400 of those coming on the week of December 22nd.
And those are just the reported cases. They say that the number of flu cases that aren't reported are likely much higher.
Officials say it does appear that the spike in flu cases is coming earlier than usual.
They do note that there is plenty of flu vaccine in the area if you haven't received a shot yet, and since the flu season can go past april, it's still worth getting vaccinated.
Besides flu cases keeping local emergency rooms busy, there have also been a number of viruses going around, especially one that attacks the respiratory system.