Flu season peaks behind schedule

Mar 29, 2012

Flu season is peaking this week in Onondaga county, a month behind schedule. This year's flu bug is a particularly mild one. According to federal figures, this year reports the fewest cases since the 80s.

"I think that we're peaking now, which is a late peak, but our numbers were still going up as of last week... but very, very low numbers, not anything I'm concerned about," Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr. Cynthia Morrow said. "But it is not over yet."

Morrow tracks flu numbers every year. She says that the mild winter could have something to do with lower numbers.

"We're at maybe 30 cases a week, of laboratory confirmed cases, compared to hundreds of cases a week that we sometimes see," said Morrow.

Morrow also suggests that Central New York may have a great immunity to this strain of flu, because it is the same strain that struck last year.