Flu shots aren't helping. Chicken soup isn't helping. Influenza is winning. Central New York leads New York in sick stats this flu season. More cases than any other region of the state.

According to the New York State Health Department, the Central New York region has been hit hardest.The trend began at the end of 2017 and has gotten worse in 2018.

One of the problems: government officials urge people to get flu shots, but this year's shot has not been effective against the most virulent strain of flu this season. The strain is named H3N2 and flu shots are most effective at battling influenza B.

You CAN do your part toward preventing the spread of flu or minimize your chances of getting it. Doctors recommend covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, avoiding high-germ areas, and washing your hands (and your kids' hands) frequently.

Why do you think this region leads the state? Are we more careless about germ prevention? Do the germs like Central New York better? Have you gotten your flu shot this year? Do you believe in them?

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