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WAMC News Director Ian Pickus got his flu shot on Wednesday
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Capital Region hospitals are teaming up as the region prepares for a second wave of COVID-19 in the colder months. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, local hospitals are asking the public to do their part too.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott and members of his administration gave an update on the state’s COVID-19 response this morning.

County Executive Dan McCoy and County Department for Aging Commissioner Deb   Riitano handed out "flu prevention bags" to seniors at a drive-through event in   Congregation Beth Emeth's parking lot.
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Already trying to control the coronavirus pandemic, Albany County officials kicked off a "shoo the flu" initiative this week.


Visitation guidelines take effect Monday at several regional hospitals to protect patients from influenza and other infectious diseases after a warning by the New York state Department of Health about the prevalence of the flu.

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The number of laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza has dropped across New York state, the first decline since the flu was deemed widespread in December. 

As flu diagnoses continue to increase across the Northeast, officials are beefing up prevention and care efforts to combat the virus.

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The Vermont Health Department says the state could be in for a rough flu season and it's advising people to get flu shots to protect themselves and others.


State health officials have declared the flu to be widespread and prevalent in New York state.

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A midlevel New York court has upheld the state Health Department's 2013 requirement that medical personnel get vaccinations or wear masks during flu season when in areas with patients. 

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The influenza outbreak that came early this year to many in the region is reported as widespread across the country. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard took a closer look at how the virus is affecting the region, and how governments are trying to contain the spread...

Mike Leary, spokesman for Berkshire Health Systems, echoed a sentiment being felt by healthcare organizations across the region….

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BOSTON (AP) - State officials are offering reassurances that there is plenty of vaccine still available for people who are still looking to get a flu shot.

Interim public health commissioner Lauren Smith said Thursday the state has distributed 760,000 doses of vaccine so far this season, and there remains ample supply. She said officials are working with local boards of health that are looking to open public clinics to meet the demand for flu shots.

Officials say there have been 6,000 laboratory confirmed cases of flu in Massachusetts and 18 flu-related deaths.