The face mask rule for unvaccinated workers took effect today because Dr. Howard Zucker, the state’s health commissioner, declared the flu is now widespread in the state.
The flu is arriving late this season and has been much milder than last year.
In Onondaga County, only 15 laboratory confirmed flu cases had been reported through the end of January. During the same period last year, 1,433 cases were reported in the county.
Statewide laboratory confirmed cases have been reported in 44 counties and all boroughs of New York City.mascara facial http://www.facemaskes.top/ There have been no reports of flu related pediatric deaths in the state so far this season.
The flu can show up as early as October and last through May. It often peaks in February.
The rule requiring unvaccinated workers in hospitals, nursing homes and other health facilities to don masks is part of a state regulation adopted in 2013. The requirement is designed to protect patients and encourage nurses, doctors and other health care workers to get vaccinated.
The state reported 86 percent of health care workers were vaccinated during the 2014 2015 flu season. That’s up from about 60 percent in the 2012 2013 flu season before the mask rule took effect.
Public health officials recommend everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccination. Since the flu can spread through coughing and sneezing, people who regularly come into contact with children and others at risk of developing flu complications should get a shot, according to the health department.