Flu season checks in, young adults possibly in path

By Erika Mahoney

December 30, 2013 Updated Dec 30, 2013 at 8:17 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) The flu is starting to make its way across the Twin Tiers.
    
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported New York and Pennsylvania have widespread flu activity.     

According to the CDC, early cases are associated with a strain that may target young and middle-aged adults.

That notion checks in with the Binghamton Senators Coach Luke Richardson, who said at least five players and one trainer came down with some sort of bug.
    
"It's hard to, if you're not feeling well, keep away from the other guys on our team because we travel together on the bus, we're in the dressing room together everyday, we're in close quarters," Richardson said.

Luckily, Richardson said all six didn't get the bug at the same time and it appears the team is getting over it.

The CDC reports nationally, a number of young and middle-aged adults have come down with the flu since November. The victims appear to be infected with the H1N1 virus. (More information here.)

Multiple strains always circulate, and while it's still to early to tell, H1N1 could have the upper hand this season.

"In this year it is the pandemic strain of the H1N1 that predominates, then it is very likely it will be younger people that will get ill," Communicable Disease Nurse Marianne Yourdon said.

Health officials say while the strain changes every year, flu shots and nasal sprays remain the best way to protect yourself.

"Once you get the shot, you are protected from the flu within two weeks and it will last through the whole flu season," Wegmans Staff Pharmacist Robin Greenblott said.

While most people get their shots around October, it's not too late to get one. Wegmans offers walk-in flu shots.

In addition to vaccinations, Youron says it's important to wash your hands, eat well, get enough sleep and try to de-stress.