Krista McNallyJan 9, 2018, 6:07 pmJan 9, 2018, 6:22 pm

North Shore University Hospital sees spike in flu rates

This year's spread of the virus may get worse

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MANHASSET — Flu season is currently upon us, but it could get even worse due to the winter weather. Dr. Salvatore Pardo, the vice chair of emergency medicine at North Shore University Hospital, says that it spreads more easily in the cold because people tend to gather together.

"With any kind of influenza or the common cold, you always have to remember to wash your hands, cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, avoid crowds and mass gatherings. That is why it seems, during the holidays, we have a spike in influenza," Dr. Pardo said.

The peak probably occurred during the holiday week, but this year’s flu is harder to fight, even with a vaccination.

Dr. Pardo says people who get the flu can return back to daily activities when fever is gone without the use of medications. The flu vaccine is recommended for anyone over the age of six months.

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